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Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory

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Abraham Lincoln has long dominated the pantheon of American presidents. From his lavish memorial in Washington and immortalization on Mount Rushmore, one might assume he was a national hero rather than a controversial president who came close to losing his 1864 bid for reelection. In Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory, Barry Schwartz aims at these contradictions in his study of Lincoln's reputation, from the president's death through the industrial revolution to his apotheosis during the Progressive Era and First World War.

Schwartz draws on a wide array of materials—painting and sculpture, popular magazines and school textbooks, newspapers and oratory—to examine the role that Lincoln's memory has played in American life. He explains, for example, how dramatic funeral rites elevated Lincoln's reputation even while funeral eulogists questioned his presidential actions, and how his reputation diminished and grew over the next four decades. Schwartz links transformations of Lincoln's image to changes in the society. Commemorating Lincoln helped Americans to think about their country's development from a rural republic to an industrial democracy and to articulate the way economic and political reform, military power, ethnic and race relations, and nationalism enhanced their conception of themselves as one people.

Lincoln's memory assumed a double aspect of "mirror" and "lamp," acting at once as a reflection of the nation's concerns and an illumination of its ideals, and Schwartz offers a fascinating view of these two functions as they were realized in the commemorative symbols of an ever-widening circle of ethnic, religious, political, and regional communities. The first part of a study that will continue through the present, Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory is the story of how America has shaped its past selectively and imaginatively around images rooted in a real person whose character and achievements helped shape his country's future.

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ContentsPrefaceIntroduction: Two Faces of Collective MemoryPart One: Nineteenth Century: Symbolizing Nationhood 1: Death and Commemoration2: Promoting Lincoln in the Late Nineteenth Century: Successes and FailuresPart Two: Twentieth Century: Symbolizing Industrial Democracy 3: Lincoln and the Culture of Progressivism: Democratizing America4: Lincoln, a Man of the People: Dignifying AmericaPart Three: Twentieth Century: Symbolizing Unity 5: Lincoln and the Culture of Inclusion: Integrating America6: Lincoln in World War I: Strengthening America7: Two Lincolns: Symbolizing AmericaConclusion: Two Faces of Collective Memory: Refining the DiscussionNotesReferences

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-353) and index.

About the Author

Barry Schwartz is a professor of sociology at the University of Georgia. He is the author or editor of four books, including George Washington: The Making of an American Symbol.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Introduction: Two Faces of Collective Memory

Part One: Nineteenth Century: Symbolizing Nationhood

1: Death and Commemoration

2: Promoting Lincoln in the Late Nineteenth Century: Successes and Failures

Part Two: Twentieth Century: Symbolizing Industrial Democracy

3: Lincoln and the Culture of Progressivism: Democratizing America

4: Lincoln, a Man of the People: Dignifying America

Part Three: Twentieth Century: Symbolizing Unity

5: Lincoln and the Culture of Inclusion: Integrating America

6: Lincoln in World War I: Strengthening America

7: Two Lincolns: Symbolizing America

Conclusion: Two Faces of Collective Memory: Refining the Discussion

Notes

References

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226741970
Author:
Schwartz, Barry
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Lincoln, abraham, 1809-1865
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Memory
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
vol. VII, no 84
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
48 halftones, 6 tables
Pages:
382
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , ContentsPrefaceIntroduction: Two Faces of Collective MemoryPart One: Nineteenth Century: Symbolizing Nationhood 1: Death and Commemoration2: Promoting Lincoln in the Late Nineteenth Century: Successes and FailuresPart Two: Twentieth Century: Symbolizing Industrial Democracy 3: Lincoln and the Culture of Progressivism: Democratizing America4: Lincoln, a Man of the People: Dignifying AmericaPart Three: Twentieth Century: Symbolizing Unity 5: Lincoln and the Culture of Inclusion: Integrating America6: Lincoln in World War I: Strengthening America7: Two Lincolns: Symbolizing AmericaConclusion: Two Faces of Collective Memory: Refining the DiscussionNotesReferences
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