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Lincoln in American Memory

Merrill D. Peterson


This book provides a history of Lincoln's place in the American imagination from the hour of his death to the present. In tracing the changing image of Lincoln through time, the book offers insight into the evolution and struggles of American politics and society—and into the character of Lincoln himself. Westerners, Easterners, even Southerners were caught up in the idealization of the late President, reshaping his memory and laying claim to his mantle, as his widow, son, memorial builders, and memorabilia collectors fought over his visible legacy. The author also looks at the complex respons ... More

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln, American society, blacks, slavery, segregation, Herndon, Carl Sandburg, prohibition, Bull Moose Progressive, white supremacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195096453
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096453.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Merrill D. Peterson, author
University of Virginia