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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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“Freedom and Unity”

“Freedom and Unity”

Lincoln in Irish Political Discourse

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(p.157) 9 “Freedom and Unity”
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The Global Lincoln
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Kevin Kenny

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195379112.003.0009

This chapter examines the image and reputation of Abraham Lincoln in Ireland. It explains that Lincoln's posthumous image took shape in Ireland in a context defined by Union because Ireland too was part a Union. It discusses how the Irish people responded to Lincoln's assassination by emphasizing the enduring power of American republican democracy and the issues that preoccupied Lincoln throughout his career which were featured in modern Irish political history. These include the idea of Union, the brutal realities of civil war, the nature of national sovereignty, the legitimacy of secession, and the qualities of political leadership during times of crisis.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, Ireland, Union, American republican democracy, Irish political history, national sovereignty, secession, political leadership

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