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Lincoln in American Memory$
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Merrill D. Peterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195096453

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096453.001.0001

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Themes and Variations

Themes and Variations

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(p.195) 5 Themes and Variations
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Lincoln in American Memory
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Merrill D. Peterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096453.003.0005

This chapter deals with the numerous themes and variations of Lincoln's biography which emerged after his death. This chapter also discusses American education and Americanism, and Lincoln's hand in them. The author also explains about the International Lincoln as he became a favorite subject even outside the United States. This chapter also describes the construction of Lincoln memorials in Washington and in London's Parliament Square, and touches on George G. Barnard's Lincoln statue. This chapter also discusses Lincoln's religion. There was considerable debate as to his religious beliefs that were never clarified. The author also touches on Abraham Lincoln's ancestry. This was of particular import as his genealogy remained a mystery. There are two views regarding the matter—Herndon's tradition and the Hanks tradition.

Keywords:   biography, Americanism, American education, International Lincoln, Washington, London, Hanks tradition, Herndon

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