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The Global Lincoln$
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Richard Carwardine and Jay Sexton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379112

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195379112.001.0001

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A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

Lincoln in Spain

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The Global Lincoln

Carolyn P. Boyd

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the image and reputation of Abraham Lincoln in Spain. It explains that many Spaniards found inspiration in the life and career of Lincoln because they saw him as the embodiment of their own political and social ideals and that admiration for Lincoln was a feature of an oppositional political culture that sought to democratize and modernize the Spanish constitutional monarchy. It also discusses Spanish abolitionists' interpretation Lincoln's election in 1860 and the outbreak of American Civil War as signs that the American Republic would at last be true to its founding principles.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, Spain, political ideals, social ideals, oppositional political culture, Spanish constitutional monarchy, Spanish abolitionists, American Civil War, American Republic

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