The Lincoln Legend
As time passed Lincoln became more and more the object of adulation; a full-blown
Lincoln legend appeared. Yet, even if his faults and mistakes are acknowledged, he stands out as a statesman of noble vision, great humanity, and remarkable political skill. It is not surprising that the Illinois
rail-splitter is regarded as a foremost symbol of American democracy. Paintings, sculptures, and architectural works memorializing Lincoln are legion; the most famous shrines are his home and tomb in Springfield, Ill., and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Sections in this article:
- Early Life
- Early Political Career
- Slavery and the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
- The Lincoln Legend
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