Sort of perspective, recall that the civil war left nearly 620,000 dead on both sides 400,000 more wounded before it was over, four years later 5 others see the entire episode even less favorably to lincoln one very famous essay, “ abraham lincoln and the self-made myth,” attributed all lincoln's action to nothing so much. In that context, students also grapple with the hard choices that faced abraham lincoln, as described in historian richard hofstadter's essay abraham lincoln and the self-made myth from his collection the american political tradition and the men who made it lincoln's struggle, badaracco suggested, was not just with. Owning one's own business was supposed to be a route to success that was open to all, as abraham lincoln explained in an 1861 speech to congress: andrew carnegie, himself a self-made man who started out as a poor immigrant and became one of the wealthiest men in america, published essays advising young. This essay is based on his presentation at the fpri wachman center's may 17- 18, 2008 history institute on america in the civil war era, held at and co- sponsored by carthage college, wisconsin abraham lincoln was a self-made man in a way that we no longer use the term “self-made” when we use. Contextual essay – honest abe lincoln abraham lincoln does deserve the name “honest abe” he was known for his honesty as a youth, a young man, as a lawyer and as president there is the myths, “ lincoln was as honest in real life as in legend lincoln's day being “self made” referred to character, not bankroll.
This bibliography of abraham lincoln is a comprehensive list of written and published works about or by abraham lincoln, 16th president of the united states in terms of primary sources containing lincoln's letters and writings, scholars rely on the collected works of abraham lincoln, edited by roy basler, and others. When the old man, named father abraham, is finished with his disquisition, saunders notes “the people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and no history of the self-made man could ever credibly been written without featuring the sage of philadelphia as the founding father of a national myth to a great. Contents 1 introduction 2 historical background 21 characteristics of american individualism 22 individualism bred by puritanism 3 self- made men of america 31 benjamin franklin 32 abraham lincoln 33 andrew carnegie 4 social darwinism and the gilded age 41 individualism as expression of social darwinism.
In the following decades, writers and publishers imbued the memory of lincoln with myth – so much so that today it is difficult to distinguish fact from fiction lincoln has the ideal statesman, the folk hero, and self-made man are only three examples of how lincoln has been envisioned by american authors and artists. This essay may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission please contact the hedgehog review lincoln, of course, became the quintessential example of the self-made man, even though there is no record he ever used the term but others did, both in his name. The american political tradition and the men who made it has 1435 ratings and 64 reviews abraham lincoln & the self-made myth the title of this book is a touch misleading - what hofstadter actually put together was twelve essays on american politicians - all but one of whom held office - who were present during.
In short, hofstadter labeled the self-made ethic a myth that lincoln used opportunistically to advance his own political career and the fortunes of the new essay, historians and literary critics have debated the self-made ethic both as a fundamental ideal within american society—a literal guiding myth—and as an. After reading kenneth j winkle's article, “abraham lincoln self-made man,” i learned that it was common for young men to leave their families and strike out on their own with westward expansion and a booming economy in the early 1800's (1) however this did not dissuade me from the fact that lincoln was a unique.
Lincoln was shaken by the presidency back in springfield, politics had been a sort of exhilarating game but in the white house, politics was power, and power was responsibility. In a magnificent 1948 essay entitled abraham lincoln and the self-made myth, the historian richard hofstadter made the accidentally beautiful diagnosis that our 16th president had learned to practice the art of deliberate and responsible opportunism those words actually describe rather well the.
From his election in 1860 (at age 51) through the centennial of his birth in 1909, the 16th president epitomized the self-made man that horatio alger jr, had immortalized in abraham lincoln, the backwoods boy or, how a young rail- splitter became president with the onset of the managerial era of. It – my mentor, richard hofstadter, in a great essay on lincoln, he chose the title “abraham lincoln and the self-made myth” bill moyers: self-made eric foner: self-made myth in other words, how lincoln created his own image and was brilliant at doing that bill moyers: and yet seemingly.