The Hero of Hoosierdom

James A. Percoco

in Summers with Lincoln

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228959
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234981 | DOI:
The Hero of Hoosierdom

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Paul Manship's Lincoln the Hoosier Youth echoes a theme similar in sentiment to other tributes to the young Abraham Lincoln. A book in his hand and the traditional ax affirm a decision to exchange manual labor for intellectual pursuits. It is a robust figure, mirroring what he wrote in an 1860 autobiographical piece for John L. Scripps. “A. though very young, was large of his age, and had an axe put into his hands at once; and from that till within his twenty-third year, he was almost constantly handling that most useful instrument”. Lincoln's hands, always an important component in any figurative sculpture, are well balanced; one rests on the ax handle, while the other is gently placed on the head of a hound. The ideal sleek art deco quality of the statue reflects all that Lincoln dreamed of becoming as he fixes his gaze forward, toward the future.

Keywords: Paul Manship; Abraham Lincoln; statue; John L. Scripps; hands; art deco

Chapter.  6426 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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