<i>Inertia</i>: The Enduring 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:
Inertia: The Enduring Lincoln

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This chapter discusses the “inertia” in the remembrance of Abraham Lincoln. Heartfelt admiration of Lincoln is now at a low point, but there is a floor below which it cannot fall, a limit inherent in the character of nationhood itself. The chapter suggests that Lincoln's memory accumulates a self-perpetuating rhetorical power, and also discusses the three forms of commemoration that maintain Lincoln's inertia: routine commemoration, grand commemoration, and mundane commemoration.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; inertia; nationhood; rhetorical power; commemoration

Chapter.  13174 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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