The Nationalist as Universalist
This chapter examines the loss of Abraham Lincoln's “nationality” and emergence of his reputation as a universal man after his death. It discusses what constitutes Lincoln's nationality, his perception of the world outside the U.S. and his conception of the duties of the U.S. to the world. It also suggests that Lincoln's vision of the Union was based on the romantic feeling allied to a sense of the nation's providential role and his view of the Americans as The Almighty's “almost chosen people”.
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