Lincoln Everlasting

Merrill D. Peterson

in Lincoln in American Memory

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096453
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853939 | DOI:
Lincoln Everlasting

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This chapter discusses the legacy left by Abraham Lincoln after his death. The author touches on Lincolnography and Lincolnology of scholars. The author also describes a new and improved Lincoln Encyclopedia and the call for buying and selling of Lincolniana. This chapter also discusses the curious fact that Lincoln was one person who could never be the subject of humor, but modern humorists are now making him the butt of their jokes. This chapter also discusses the succeeding themes and images of the apotheosis that became embedded in American thought and imagination. The author also describes the nation's fascination with the Lincoln assassination. This chapter also touches on Abraham Lincoln as the First American and as the self-made Man. The author also notes that Lincoln's individuality has been so embedded into the definition of Americanness that his physiognomy has blended into the representation of Uncle Sam.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; Lincolnography; Lincolnology; Lincoln Encyclopedia; Lincolniana; modern humorists; American thought; Lincoln assassination; First American; Uncle Sam

Chapter.  10685 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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