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Summers with LincolnLooking for the Man in the Monuments$
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James A. Percoco

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228959

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228959.001.0001

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A Lincoln for the Masses

A Lincoln for the Masses

Daniel Chester French's Seated Lincoln (1922), Washington, D.C.

(p.175) 7 A Lincoln for the Masses
Summers with Lincoln

James A. Percoco

Fordham University Press

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. remains the greatest public space in America, the ultimate destination monument. It is unlikely that the two men most responsible for the memorial's design imagined that, like the man whose memory they honored, the Lincoln Memorial would become a place of historical significance. Seated there in his flag-draped chair of state, protected by architect Henry Bacon's magnificent neoclassical temple, Daniel Chester French's Lincoln has witnessed history: civil rights rallies, protests against the Vietnam War, prayer vigils for a host of causes, assorted concerts, and celebrations for both Republican and Democratic Party presidential inaugurals. There is an affinity for Abraham Lincoln among not only Americans but also people all across the globe precisely because he was “one of us”, yet literally made it to the top. Deep down, people like Lincoln because they can relate to him in some way and at some level.

Keywords:   Lincoln Memorial, Henry Bacon, temple, Daniel Chester French, Abraham Lincoln, chair of state, Washington D.C

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