Lincoln in American Memory / Edition 1

Lincoln in American Memory / Edition 1

by Merrill D. Peterson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195096452

ISBN-13: 9780195096453

Pub. Date: 06/01/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Lincoln's death, like his life, was an event of epic proportions. When the president was struck down at his moment of triumph, writes Merrill Peterson, "sorrow—indescribable sorrow" swept the nation. After lying in state in Washington, Lincoln's body was carried by a special funeral train to Springfield, Illinois, stopping in major cities along the way; perhaps a…  See more details below

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Lincoln's death, like his life, was an event of epic proportions. When the president was struck down at his moment of triumph, writes Merrill Peterson, "sorrow—indescribable sorrow" swept the nation. After lying in state in Washington, Lincoln's body was carried by a special funeral train to Springfield, Illinois, stopping in major cities along the way; perhaps a million people viewed the remains as memorial orations rang out and the world chorused its praise. It was the apotheosis of the martyred president—the beginning of the transformation of a man into a mythic hero. In "Lincoln in American Memory," historian Merrill Peterson provides a fascinating history of Lincoln's place in American thought and imagination from the hour of his death to the present. In tracing the changing image of Lincoln through time, this wide-ranging account offers insight into the evolution and the struggles of American politics and society—and into the character of Lincoln himself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195096453
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.13(h) x 1.32(d)

Table of Contents

1Apotheosis3
2Shapings in the Postwar Years36
Lincoln, Reconstruction, and the South38
Book, Portraits, and Monuments50
The Early Biographers: Herndon and Others66
3Filling Up the Image82
The Flood of Reminiscence83
Aspects of Character97
First Culmination: Nicolay and Hay and Others116
4To the Afterwar Generation141
Lincolniana: The Collectors and Ida Tarbell144
The Political Lincoln155
The Negroes' Lincoln167
The Centennial175
5Themes and Variations195
The International Lincoln198
Temple and Icon206
Religion217
Ancestry232
Controversies Old and New243
6From Memory to History256
Organizing the Lincoln Enterprise258
Second Culmination: Sandburg, Beveridge, and Others271
The Minor Affair291
The Historians' Lincoln298
7Zenith311
"What Would Lincoln Do?"314
Historians' Encounters327
Civil Rights and Civil Religion348
Lincoln at 150362
8Lincoln Everlasting374
Notes399
Acknowledgments449
Index451

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