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Popular Images of the Presidency: From Washington to Lincoln

Popular Images of the Presidency: From Washington to Lincoln

by Noble E. Cunningham

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Jefferson scholar Cunningham presents a first look at a ubiquitous piece of Americana--the presidential portrait as it appears in publications and on artifacts from the founding of the republic to the time of Lincoln. He explores the evolution of the presidential portrait set or gallery, the symbols that came to be associated with the presidency, the portraiture itself, and presidential mourning memorabilia. There are also chapters on the presidents as represented on coins and in less than reverent caricatures. Cunningham concludes that all this popular imagery has served to elevate the status of the presidency and to reenforce the idea of the president as the center and preserver of the Union. The book is amply illustrated with black-and-white photos and color plates. It is suitable for the history and/or art collections of larger research libraries and may be of interest to collectors of Americana as well.-- Deborah Hammer, Queens Borough P.L., New York
Before photography, most contemporaries gained their impressions of the presidents from popular prints and from images appearing on medals, ceramics, and other material items. Some 265 b&w illustrations and 26 color plates are collected and interpreted, vividly documenting the importance of the presidency in American culture. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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University of Missouri Press
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8.90(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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