Claiming Lincoln: Progressivism, Equality, and the Battle by Jason R. Jividen

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By Jason R. Jividen

Abraham Lincoln is obviously probably the most usually brought up figures in American political rhetoric, specifically with reference to problems with equality. yet given the ubiquity of Lincoln’s legacy, many references to him, even at the presidential point, are frequently of questionable accuracy. In Claiming Lincoln, Jividen posits that during a lot 20th-century presidential rhetoric, in particular from revolutionary leaders, Lincoln’s figuring out of equality is slowly divorced from its grounding within the common rights taking into consideration the yank Founding and reinterpreted in mild of revolutionary history.

Claiming Lincoln examines the way during which rhetoricians have appealed to Lincoln’s legacy, basically to distort that legacy within the technique. targeting Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson and concerning Barack Obama, Jividen argues that presidential rhetorical use and abuse of Lincoln has profound results not just for a way we comprehend Lincoln but additionally for a way we comprehend American democracy. Jividen’s unique tackle Lincoln and the Progressives may be of curiosity to students of yankee politics and all these invested in Lincoln’s legacy.

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