The founding fathers were canonized in order to legitimize the young United States. A war over taxes suddenly became a war of freedom.
Kunhardt in their Twenty Days: Stanton was, after all, an Episcopalian and a product of Kenyon College, the evangelical Episcopalian greenhouse founded by Salmon P.
He thought he was doing a great and glorious deed, on behalf of a great and glorious cause. My death was necessary to the perfection of my mission, and was only one sacrifice among hundreds of thousands of others made for the same end.
Never has a man with so modest a religious profile gotten such spectacular attention from so many congregations. The problem, of course, is that Now he belongs to the ages is also, word-for-word, less easy to parse than angels.
What, exactly, does it mean to belong to the ages? Taken one way, it may simply be a secularized version of assigning Lincoln to the angels, with generations of memorial statues standing in for the seraphim and cherubim.
At its most sinister, however, Now he belongs to the ages could imply that, just behind the undertakers, the historians and biographers were lining up to take title to Lincoln and to reshape, remake, and redefine his legacy.
Lincoln has never failed to stand somewhere in the top three of the greatest American presidents, and he has remained a constant subject of popular biography and scholarly research—and occasionally, some disappointingly unpopular biographies and pseudo-biographies and some slightly unhinged works of fiction and nonfiction: Not all of this celebrity has been velvet-lined; rarely, in fact, has a man so dedicated to moderation been handled so immoderately.
I am sometimes half disposed to gratify them. Experience and time has demonstrated that his was the only line of salvation for our country. There are, I think, four reasons for this.
The first is simply the law of diminishing returns. Ida Tarbell published the last Lincoln biography from direct interviews in ; after that, writing about Lincoln increasingly acquired the tired sense of retreading already known facts and long-published material, leading James G. The Progressive movement earned its heyday in the post-Civil War era, from the mids until The Progressives had as their principal figureheads Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, but their real strength had been drawn geographically from the upper Midwest and from the new professional classes created by the breakneck industrialization and urbanization of the American economy in the postwar decades.
Progressivism worked from the basic assumption that American society had undergone so many dramatic changes in the years after the Civil War that the old pre-Civil War America of self-reliant individualism and small-producer business was gone forever. The disorder generated by those upheavals threw off all the original calculations of the American founding and laid Americans open to the greed and exploitation of Gilded Age robber barons and urban machine politics; the cure for this was the reshaping of American society in a new, more efficient, and more balanced fashion, designed by social professionals who understood the new dynamics of a new age.
Progressives—and Theodore Roosevelt is a prime example—had long wanted to claim Lincoln as one of their own, and through the s, they did.
But there had always been warnings that Lincoln would not fit the Progressive template all that easily. Helen Nicolay the daughter of John G. Nicolaywriting in the same year that Theodore Roosevelt struck out on his own to found the Progressive Party, doubted whether Lincoln could be tailored to wear Progressive clothes.
His heart and mind were busy with the problems of his own time. The legacy he left his countrymen was not the warning of a seer, but an example and an obligation to face their own dark shadows with the sanity and courageous independence he showed in looking upon those that confronted him.
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And while he does some terrible things in this movie, he /10(). On the night of April 14, , Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre. He died early the next morning. It was the first time a sitting president had been murdered. On this episode of BackStory, we’ll mark the th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination by exploring how his death came to.
Secretary of War Stanton saluted and said, "Now he belongs to the ages."  Lincoln's flag-enfolded body was then escorted in the rain to the White House by bareheaded Union officers, while the city's church bells plombier-nemours.com: February 12, , Sinking Spring Farm, near Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S.
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