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The Global Lincoln$
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Richard Carwardine and Jay Sexton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379112

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195379112.001.0001

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“The Stuff Our Dreams Are Made Of”

“The Stuff Our Dreams Are Made Of”

Lincoln in The English Imagination

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(p.123) 7 “The Stuff Our Dreams Are Made Of”
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The Global Lincoln
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Adam I. P. Smith
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195379112.003.0007

This chapter examines the perception of Abraham Lincoln in English political and cultural imagination. It explains that Lincoln had a varied career in the English imagination in the century or so after his death and that the salience and political content of his image shifted according to the context. It discusses how Lincoln was invoked by supporters and the opponents of Irish Home Rule and suggests that the interwar years were the high-water mark for Lincoln in England. This chapter also describes the 1941 documentary film “Words for Battle,” directed by Humphrey Jennings which featured a statue of Lincoln in front of the Houses of Parliament and suggests that the film hints at the role of Lincoln in the evolving language of democratic English culture.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, English political imagination, cultural imagination, Irish Home Rule, England, Words for Battle, Humphrey Jennings, documentary film

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