Summers with Lincoln looking for the man in the monuments /

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Author / Creator: Percoco, James A.
Format: Electronic eBook
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint: New York : Fordham University Press, 2008.
Online Access:Available in ProQuest Ebook Central - Academic Complete.
Summary:A journey across America revealing "the history of how seven of these monuments came to be . . . and what they mean to us today" ( The Washington Times ). <br> <br> <br> <br> Across the country, in the middle of busy city squares and hidden on quiet streets, there are nearly two hundred statues erected in memory of Abraham Lincoln. No other American has ever been so widely commemorated.<br> <br> <br> <br> A few years ago, Jim Percoco, a history teacher with a passion for both Lincoln and public sculpture, set off to see what he might learn about some of these monuments--what they meant to their creators and to the public when they were unveiled, and what they mean to us today. The result is a fascinating chronicle of four summers on the road looking for Lincoln stories in statues of marble and bronze.<br> <br> <br> <br> Percoco selects seven emblematic works, among them Thomas Ball's Emancipation Group , erected east of the Capitol in 1876 with private funds from African Americans and dedicated by Frederick Douglass; Augustus Saint-Gaudens's majestic Standing Lincoln of 1887 in Chicago; Paul Manship's 1932 Lincoln the Hoosier Youth , in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Gutzon Borglum's 1911 Seated Lincoln , struggling with the pain of leadership, beckoning visitors to sit next to him on his metal bench in Newark, New Jersey.<br> <br> <br> <br> At each stop, Percoco chronicles the history of the monument, spotlighting its artistic, social, political, and cultural origins. His descriptions draw fresh meaning from mute stone and cold metal--raising provocative questions not just about who Lincoln might have been, but about what we've wanted him to be in the monuments we've built.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-233) and index.
ISBN:9780823228973 (online)
Author Notes:James A. Percoco is an award-winning history teacher at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia, and is History Educator-in-Residence at American University. He was a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's Advisory Board.Harold Holzer is Roger Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and one of the nation's leading authorities on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He is chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and has written, co-written, or edited forty-seven books, most recently Lincoln and the Power of the Press.