Chapter

<i>Erosion</i>: Fading Prestige, Benign Ridicule

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/9780226741901.003.0006
Erosion: Fading Prestige, Benign Ridicule

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This chapter discusses the fading prestige of Abraham Lincoln during the second half the twentieth century. Though research and surveys show Lincoln is still considered as one of the greatest Americans, benign ridicule of him started during this period. The chapter suggests that the diminution of Lincoln may be attributed to the civil rights movement's reshaping of his reputation.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; prestige; greatest Americans; civil rights movement; reputation

Chapter.  11514 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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