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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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Liberté, Égalité, and Lincoln

Liberté, Égalité, and Lincoln

French Readings of an American President

(p.95) 5 Liberté, Égalité, and Lincoln
The Global Lincoln

Michael Vorenberg

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the influence of Abraham Lincoln's image on French politics. It explains that his image among the French helped legitimize and publicize leftist thought in the late 1860s and that his reputation gave an ammunition in the movement to unseat Napoleon III and end France's Second Empire. It also discusses the influence of Lincoln on French democratic movements and comments on how dominant historical interpretation is that the French were more sympathetic to the Confederacy than to the Union during the American Civil War.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, French politics, leftist thought, Napoleon III, Second Empire, democratic movements, American Civil War, Confederacy, Union

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