Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History

Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History

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a€œ[A]n astonishingly interesting interpretation. . . . Fox is wonderfully shrewd and often dazzling.a€a€”Jill Lepore, New York Times Book Review In a stunning feat of scholarship, insight, and engaging prose, Lincoln's Body explores how a president ungainly in body and downright quglyq of aspect came to mean so much to us. The very roughness of Lincoln's appearance made him seem all the more common, one of usa€”as did his sense of humor about his own awkward physical nature. Nineteenth-century African Americans felt deep affection for their qliberatorq as a qhomelyq man who did not hold himself apart. During Reconstruction, Southerners felt a nostalgia for the humility of Lincoln, whom they envisioned as a qconciliator.q Later, teachers glorified Lincoln as a symbol of nationhood that would appeal to poor immigrants. Monument makers focused not only on the mana€™s gigantic body but also on his nationalist efforts to save the Union, downplaying his emancipation of the slaves. Among both black and white liberals in the 1960s and 1970s, Lincoln was derided or fell out of fashion. More recently, Lincoln has once again been embodied (as both idealist and pragmatist, unafraid of conflict and transcending it) by outstanding historians, by self-identified Lincolnian president Barack Obama, and by actor Daniel Day-Lewisa€”all keeping Lincoln alive in a body of memory that speaks volumes about our nation.see also specific newspapers New York, 109 New York, N.Y.: draft riots in, 84, 91 hatred of Confederacy in, 55a€“58 immigrants in, 188 Lincoln centenary in, 185, 186, 187a€“92 Lincoln essay contest in, 188a€“89, 193 Lincoln funeral procession in, ... and Catholic Register, 85 New York Herald, xvi, 8, 17, 31, 44, 45, 46, 51, 60, 64 , 103, 139, 347n, 350n, 356n Lincolna#39;s homeliness mocked in, 10a€“11 New York Journal of Commerce, 47 New York Telegraph, 239 New York Times, 16a€“17, 44, anbsp;...

Title:Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History
Author: Richard Wightman Fox
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2015-02-09

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