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Transfiguration: Civil Rights Movement, Vanishing Savior of the Union

Transfiguration: Civil Rights Movement, Vanishing Savior of the Union

Chapter:
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Source:
Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226741901.003.0005

This chapter, which examines the relation between the image of Abraham Lincoln and the civil rights movement in the United States, compares public belief about Lincoln in four national sample surveys ranging from 1945 to 2001. The study found that Lincoln's image as the Great Emancipator is dominant in the minds of individuals. The chapter explains that Lincoln's one-dimensional Emancipator image emerged from the multi-dimensional image crystallized in pre-civil-rights-era history books and commemorative symbolism.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, civil rights movement, public belief, Great Emancipator, history books, commemorative symbolism

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