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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226741901.003.0001

This chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the changes in Abraham Lincoln's prestige and reputation from the 1930s to the present. The book asks key questions about Lincoln's changing image and suggests that the fading hero is symptomatic of fading confidence in national greatness. It also explains that the changes in Lincoln's image consist not in the accumulation of new facts but rather in the perspective from which the nation's great men are contemplated.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, prestige, reputation, fading hero, national greatness

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