Abraham Lincoln and the Movies

  title={Abraham Lincoln and the Movies},
  author={Melvyn Stokes},
  journal={American Nineteenth Century History},
  pages={203 - 231}
  • M. Stokes
  • Published 1 June 2011
  • History
  • American Nineteenth Century History
Comparatively little work has been done on how Abraham Lincoln has been represented in American cinema. Yet movies have been a major – and during the first half of the twentieth century probably the major – influence on how his memory has been constructed in American popular culture. This article analyzes changing representations of Lincoln on screen, showing that differing cinematic constructions of the sixteenth president were shaped by a range of factors, including popular biographies and… 
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