Lincoln Portraits: An Interpretive Framework

by Michael Fowler

Many American artists and writers have returned repeatedly through the years to convey something of the life and character of Abraham Lincoln. Biographies, paintings, articles, sculpture, and film about the man continue unabated to the present. They record, reinterpret, memorialize, somehow represent aspects of the great Emancipator, the savior of the Union, the man of the people, or some other type or archetype. The richness and volume of interpretive production attest to the continued fascination that much of America has for this historic figure.

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