"Drawing on a stunning range of sources - including films, cartoons, advertisements, national surveys, shrine visitations, public commemorations, and more - Schwartz documents the decline of Lincoln's public standing, asking throughout whether there is any path back from this post-heroic era."--BOOK JACKET. "Throughout the Great Depression and World War II, Abraham Lincoln was invoked countless times as a reminder of America's strength and wisdom, a commanding ideal against which weary citizens could see their own hardships in perspective." "But as Barry Schwartz reveals in Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era, those years represent the apogee of Lincoln's prestige. The decades following World War II brought radical changes to American culture, changes that led to the diminishing of all heroes - Lincoln not least among them.".