Lincoln has often been portrayed by Hollywood, almost always in a flattering light.
Union nationalism, as envisioned by Lincoln, "helped lead America to the nationalism of
Franklin Delano Roosevelt."
Lincoln's portrait appears on two denominations of
United States currency, the
penny and the
$5 bill. His likeness also
appears on many
and he has been memorialized in many town, city, and county names,
capital of Nebraska.
While he is usually portrayed bearded, he first grew a beard in 1860 at the
suggestion of 11-year-old
The most famous and most visited memorials are Lincoln's sculpture
Ford's Theatre, and
Petersen House (where he died) in Washington, D.C.; and the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in
Illinois, not far from
Lincoln's home, as well as
Sociologist Barry Schwartz argues that in the 1930s and 1940s, the
memory of Abraham Lincoln was practically sacred and provided the
nation with "a moral symbol inspiring and guiding American life".
Great Depression, he argues, Lincoln served "as a means
for seeing the world's disappointments, for making its sufferings not
so much explicable as meaningful". Franklin D. Roosevelt, preparing
America for war, used the words of the Civil War president to clarify
the threat posed by Germany and Japan. Americans asked, "What would Lincoln do?"
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However, Schwartz also
finds that since World War II, Lincoln's symbolic power has lost relevance, and this "fading hero is symptomatic of fading
confidence in national greatness". He suggested that
multiculturalism have diluted greatness as a
United States Navy
-class aircraft carrier
(CVN-72) is named after Lincoln, the second
Navy ship to bear his name.
Outline of Abraham Lincoln
Sexuality of Abraham Lincoln
Dakota War of 1862
List of photographs of Abraham Lincoln
List of civil rights leaders
Memory and memorials
Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.