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The Civil War in American Life, 1929-1941
Nina Silber, Boston University
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"Abraham Lincoln and the Political Culture of New Deal America" (Article)
Title: "Abraham Lincoln and the Political Culture of New Deal America"
Author: Nina Silber
Abstract: This essay explores the prominent imaginary space occupied by Abraham Lincoln during the years of the Great Depression and the New Deal. With Franklin Roosevelt's assumption of power, Lincoln no longer appeared as a bland symbol of reconciliation but as a figure firmly associated with federal power and, to some extent, with racial justice. He was, moreover, at the center of political contests in these years between anti-communists and those associated with the Popular Front. With the outset of World War II, Lincoln assumed a new role in symbolizing the US struggle to promote democracy in its fight with global dictatorship.
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Periodical Title: Journal of the Civil War Era
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press