<i>Transfiguration</i>: Civil Rights Movement, Vanishing Savior of the Union

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:
Transfiguration: Civil Rights Movement, Vanishing Savior of the Union

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This chapter, which examines the relation between the image of Abraham Lincoln and the civil rights movement in the United States, compares public belief about Lincoln in four national sample surveys ranging from 1945 to 2001. The study found that Lincoln's image as the Great Emancipator is dominant in the minds of individuals. The chapter explains that Lincoln's one-dimensional Emancipator image emerged from the multi-dimensional image crystallized in pre-civil-rights-era history books and commemorative symbolism.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; civil rights movement; public belief; Great Emancipator; history books; commemorative symbolism

Chapter.  12202 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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