Chapter

Introduction

in Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226741888
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226741901 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226741901.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the changes in Abraham Lincoln's prestige and reputation from the 1930s to the present. The book asks key questions about Lincoln's changing image and suggests that the fading hero is symptomatic of fading confidence in national greatness. It also explains that the changes in Lincoln's image consist not in the accumulation of new facts but rather in the perspective from which the nation's great men are contemplated.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; prestige; reputation; fading hero; national greatness

Chapter.  7509 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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