Lincoln, Inc. : Selling the Sixteenth President in Contemporary America by Hogan, Jackie.
Call Number: E 457.2 .H69 2011
Publication Date: 2011
From Lincoln-themed cocktails and waffle parlors to high-tech museums and steamy romance novels, the image of Abraham Lincoln so permeates the national imagination that we now find him in the unlikeliest of places. In this book, author Jackie Hogan examines the uses (and abuses) of the 16th president in the United States today. The book takes readers on a journey through the little white lies of Lincoln tourism, and offers a front-row seat as the martyr president is invoked in heated political debates over such issues as homosexuality, abortion, and the 'war on terror.' Readers enter classrooms that use an idealized Honest Abe to 'Lincolnize' American schoolchildren, then step into the alternate universe of Lincoln fiction and films that transform the Rail Splitter, by turns, into a hapless time-traveler, a sentimental cyborg, an axe-wielding zombie slayer, or a frontier heart-throb.