Statues and Status: Lincoln in Europe

American Studies Journal. 2016;(60) DOI 10.18422/60-04


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Journal Title: American Studies Journal

ISSN: 1433-5239 (Print); 2199-7268 (Online)

Publisher: Göttingen University Press

Society/Institution: Leuphana University of Lüneburg

LCC Subject Category: Political science: Political institutions and public administration (General) | Social Sciences: Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform

Country of publisher: Germany

Language of fulltext: English

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Catherine Clinton


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Abstract | Full Text

Lincoln’s ascension to the status of icon was not smooth and steady. Journalist Horace Greeley predicted in April of 1865 that the sixteenth President’s reputation would grow proportionate to the distance from his own era, and it grew steadily from his death in 1865, but soared dramatically following his Centennial in 1909. The exponential growth of his popularity built into a memorial crescendo with the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in 1922 and his likeness carved onto Mt. Rushmore in 1937. This phenomenon extended to Europe.