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<i>Post-Heroic Era</i>: Acids of Equality and the Waning of Greatness

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/9780226741901.003.0007
Post-Heroic Era: Acids of Equality and the Waning of Greatness

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This chapter, which examines the post-heroic era of Abraham Lincoln from postmodern and multicultural perspectives, explains that postmodernity and multiculturalism articulate changes that have transformed America. It suggests that the weakening of society's timeframe and diminishing heroes go hand in hand with the nation's increasing civility and enlarged awareness of its present faults and their historical sources. The chapter also contends that the discrediting of America's grand narratives is postmodernity's distinctive achievement.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; postmodernity; multiculturalism; diminishing heroes; civility; historical sources

Chapter.  15559 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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