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Themes and Variations

Merrill D. Peterson

in Lincoln in American Memory

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096453
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853939 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096453.003.0005
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This chapter deals with the numerous themes and variations of Lincoln's biography which emerged after his death. This chapter also discusses American education and Americanism, and Lincoln's hand in them. The author also explains about the International Lincoln as he became a favorite subject even outside the United States. This chapter also describes the construction of Lincoln memorials in Washington and in London's Parliament Square, and touches on George G. Barnard's Lincoln statue. This chapter also discusses Lincoln's religion. There was considerable debate as to his religious beliefs that were never clarified. The author also touches on Abraham Lincoln's ancestry. This was of particular import as his genealogy remained a mystery. There are two views regarding the matter—Herndon's tradition and the Hanks tradition.

Keywords: biography; Americanism; American education; International Lincoln; Washington; London; Hanks tradition; Herndon

Chapter.  25055 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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