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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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Lincoln’s Horizons

Lincoln’s Horizons

The Nationalist as Universalist

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The Global Lincoln

Richard Carwardine

Oxford University Press

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”.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, nationality, universal man, U.S., Union, Americans

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