The ‘Cult’ of Abraham Lincoln and the Strange Survival of Liberal England in the Era of the World Wars

@article{Smith2010TheO,
  title={The ‘Cult’ of Abraham Lincoln and the Strange Survival of Liberal England in the Era of the World Wars},
  author={Adam I. P. Smith},
  journal={Twentieth Century British History},
  year={2010},
  volume={21},
  pages={486-509}
}
  • Adam I. P. Smith
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Twentieth Century British History
  • This article explores the significance of what George Bernard Shaw called the 'cult' of Abraham Lincoln in England in the aftermath of the First World War. It argues that the effort to 'Anglicize' Lincoln by rooting him in English traditions, values and genealogy, was a way of 'domesticating' the larger meaning of 'America', reflecting a search for reassurance that the rising power of the United States was an extension, not a threat, to British cultural and political power. The article also… CONTINUE READING