<i>Transition</i>: Cold War, Racial Conflict, and Contested Images of Lincoln

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:
Transition: Cold War, Racial Conflict, and Contested Images of Lincoln

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This chapter discusses the image of Abraham Lincoln during the Cold War. The postwar Rights and Justice Generation treated its national traditions and heroes respectfully and Lincoln was still the man he had always been but with less fervor than before. The people of this generation started to question whether Lincoln was as determined to free the slaves as he was to restore national unity, and how these issues bear on the problems of racial integration and civil rights.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; Cold War; slaves; national unity; racial integration; civil rights

Chapter.  9629 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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