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Conclusion

Chapter:
(p.254) Conclusion
Source:
Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226741901.003.0009

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the reputation and prestige of Abraham Lincoln, suggesting that the egalitarianism that made American society more just and decent has eroded Lincoln's prestige. It is doubtful that the American people might soon identify with the past and its heroes as closely as they did before the post-heroic era, but the moral flowering of America affirms Lincoln's ironic place in the memory of its people.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, prestige, egalitarianism, American society, post-heroic era, heroes

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