COVER

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CONTENTS

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. ix-xiii

In a sense this book began long ago with my parents, Charlotte Van Deren Barr and Dixon A. Barr. My mother and father were both educators and devoted readers of history and literature, a love of which I am sure in one...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

The founder of the modern conservative movement, William F. Buckley Jr., once said that Americans “shall not remember why Lincoln was loved until we come to understand why he was...

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1. Marked for Bitterness: The Civil War Era, 1858–1865

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pp. 17-57

The enduring contest over the memory of Abraham Lincoln in American culture began on April 15, 1865, the morning Lincoln died from a bullet fired by John Wilkes Booth the previous Good Friday evening. After a...

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2. Expressions of the Lips versus Those of the Heart: Postbellum Disgust, 1865–1889

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pp. 58-102

In November 1866 the Englishman Lord Acton sent Robert E. Lee a letter soliciting the former Confederate general’s views about American politics and shared with Lee his opinions on the American Civil War. Acton..

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3. A New National Type: The Great Imperialist, 1890–1918

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pp. 103-147

In the midst of Venezuela’s 1895 border dispute with England, Confederate veteran William Roane Aylett addressed former soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia and Army of the Potomac in Washington...

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4. The Self-Pity of the Defeated: Contesting “Lincolnolatry,” 1918–1945

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pp. 148-200

In 1917, the same year the United States entered the Great War in Europe at the behest of President Woodrow Wilson, H. L. Mencken (1880–1956) published an essay excoriating the South in...

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5. An Infinitely Complicated Figure: Is Freedom Enough? 1945–1989

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pp. 201-258

On June 2, 1947, the same summer in which African American Jackie Robinson broke the color line in professional baseball, foreshadowing the Freedom Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s, historian Charles Callan Tansill...

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6. A Litmus Test for American Conservatism: The Great Centralizer, 1989–2012

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pp. 259-330

In April 2003, 138 years after he had first visited the capital of the Confederacy, Abraham Lincoln still haunted Richmond, Virginia. The occasion was the dedication of a sculpture depicting Lincoln and his son Tad seated...

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Conclusion

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pp. 331-342

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Alexander Stephens strenuously denied that the military conflict had been fought over slavery. Instead, he claimed it was a war “between the opposing principles of Federation, on the one...

NOTES

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pp. 343-396

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 397-452

INDEX

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pp. 453-471