Chapter

<i>Ascension</i>: Lincoln in the Great Depression

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/9780226741901.003.0002
Ascension: Lincoln in the Great Depression

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This chapter examines the image of Abraham Lincoln during the Great Depression in the United States in the 1930s. Heroes of the past played a role in the everyday life of people during this period and Lincoln stood prominently. His reputation as Man of the People resonated with the Depression Generation's economic worries and his emancipation of the slaves symbolized victory over foreign totalitarianism as often as racial integration at home.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; Great Depression; United States; Man of People; economies worries; emancipation; totalitarianism; racial integration

Chapter.  14227 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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