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Coming on the heels of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, Lincoln's Enduring Legacy offers highly readable and accessible perspectives on Lincoln at 200 in terms of his impact on great leaders and thinkers and his place in American history. The book explores how Lincoln's words and deeds have influenced the pursuit of justice and freedom and the practice of democracy in the century and a half since he governed. Lincoln, as an abolitionist, the architect of Reconstruction, an avowed Unionist, a wordsmith and rhetorician, his age's foremost prophet for democracy, and America's greatest president remains an iconic image in American memory.

Author Biography

Robert P. Watson is professor of American studies at Lynn University. William D. Pederson is the American studies chair at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Frank J. Williams is former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and was appointed by Congress to serve on the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 5
What Would Lincoln Do?p. 7
Lincoln's Legacy with Great Thinkers and Leadersp. 17
Tolstoy's Lincolnp. 21
Mill and Lincoln on Libertyp. 31
Theodore Roosevelt and the Heirs of Abraham Lincolnp. 49
Woodrow Wilson and Lincoln's Bridge to the Worldp. 63
Lincoln's Impact on Martin Luther King Jr.p. 87
Lincoln and the Idea of a Democratic Peacep. 109
Lincoln's Legacy and American Memoryp. 129
African American Memory and the Great Emancipatorp. 133
Lincoln, the Roosevelts, and Herbert Croly's Americap. 165
Lincoln's Relationship with Gentility in Americap. 179
Lincoln's Use of Religion and Moralityp. 197
Shaping American Foreign Policy: Comparing Lincoln/Seward and Nixon/Kissingerp. 213
Lincoln as Father: Dealing with Tragedy in the White Housep. 225
Epiloguep. 249
Abraham Lincoln's Enduring Legacy: Bicentennial Reflectionsp. 251
Indexp. 253
About the Contributorsp. 261
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