Progressivism, Equality, and the Battle for Lincoln’s Legacy in Presidential Rhetoric
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Northern Illinois University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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T_his book would not have been possible without the ef_forts of my teach-ers. For his direction and support, I owe much gratitude to Professor Larry Arnhart. T_hanks are also due to Professors Gary Glenn, Christine Dunn Henderson, and Gregory Schmidt for their guidance and inspiration during the writing of this book and beyond. I would like to acknowledge the ef_forts ...
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A B R A H A M L I N C O L N R E M A I N S O N E of the most frequently mentioned f_igures in American political rhetoric, and we have witnessed Barack Obama’s appeals to the Lincoln image during his recent campaign and in his early speeches as president. Beginning on the eve of the two-hundredth anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, Obama’s appeals have created ...
1—Lincoln and the Idea of Equality
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A B R A H A M L I N C O L N E M B R A C E D A N I D E A of equality that sought to secure individuals’ equal liberty to exercise diverse and necessarily unequal talents and abilities in the pursuit of happiness, under the rule of law, while expecting an inequality of results or outcomes among individuals in that pursuit. Lincoln recognized that this pursuit must be moderated by competing ...
2—Theodore Roosevelt’s Lincoln
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O N T H E E V E O F H I S S E C O N D P R E S I D E N T I A L inauguration, T_heodore Roosevelt received a gif_t from his friend and former Lincoln secretary, John Hay. While taking the oath of of_f_ice the next day, Roosevelt wore this gif_t upon his f_inger—a ring holding a lock of hair snipped from the head of Abraham Lincoln shortly af_ter his assassination. Several years ...
3—Woodrow Wilson’s Lincoln
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B Y T H E T I M E O F T H E 1 9 1 2 presidential election, Teddy Roosevelt and the Progressive Party’s rhetorical use and abuse of the Lincoln image was in full swing. However, this appeal to Lincoln was by no means limited to Roosevelt. Roosevelt’s Democratic opponent also claimed the Lincoln inheritance. T_he 1912 election is sometimes characterized as a contest ...
4—Franklin Roosevelt’s Lincoln
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L I N C O L N ’ S P O L I T I C A L T H O U G H T and the basic tenets of American progressivism are incompatible. We have seen, however, that the progressives nevertheless sought to incorporate Lincoln into their political rhetoric. In the progressives we f_ind a historicized Lincoln who has been divorced from natural right, and divorced from the principles of the ...
5—Lyndon Johnson’s Lincoln
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A F T E R T H E N E W D E A L , the Lincoln image continued to be associated with what many referred to as “expanded” or “deeper” notions of equality. If the Lincoln image underwent a revitalization in Roosevelt’s New Deal, then the rhetorical appeal to that image exploded from the late 1950s to mid-1960s during the American civil rights movement. In the summer ...
6—Barack Obama’s Lincoln
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W I T H T H E B I C E N T E N N I A L of Lincoln’s birth in 2009, we have witnessed yet another explosion of interest in our sixteenth president, fueled not only by the bicentennial but by the political rhetoric of Barack Obama. In February 2007, just two days before Lincoln’s birthday, Obama announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency in Springf_ield, Illinois. ...
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W H E N D AV I D D O N A L D D E S C R I B E D the attempt within the American political tradition to “get right” with Lincoln, he recounted an ef_fort on the part of American politicians to square their policies and ideas, indeed their understandings of what American democracy should be, with Abraham Lincoln’s legacy.1 Politically, the peak of that ef_fort ...
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Publication Year: 2011