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Lincoln of Gethsemane

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228959.003.0005
Lincoln of Gethsemane

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Newark today is a city of 123 square miles, one of the most segregated in the United States. Against this backdrop we are here to encounter Gutzon Borglum's Lincoln. Of all the great Abraham Lincoln sculptors who created more than one statue to Lincoln, Borglum was the only one who got it right every time. This is not a magisterial statesman, but rather a human president trying to come to grips with a war that had ripped the nation in two. Borglum's Newark Lincoln was a radical departure from Lincoln sculptures up to this point. Lincoln is seated on a simple bench, rather than in a chair of state. Lincoln is close to the earth; there is no pedestal from which he can be knocked. Borglum's decisions make Lincoln more accessible, and in the intervening years people of all creeds and races have been photographed sitting next to the statue.

Keywords: Newark; Gutzon Borglum; Abraham Lincoln; sculptures; statue; bench

Chapter.  8791 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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