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The Railsplitter, Abraham Lincoln
The Railsplitter, Abraham Lincoln
Resource Typeimage
TitleThe Railsplitter, Abraham Lincoln
Coverage / Year1860
DescriptionThe Railsplitter, oil on canvas, artist unknown, 1860. Chicago Historical Society collection.
InterpretationAbraham Lincoln earned the nickname "The Railsplitter" at the time of his presidential nomination in 1860. The name recalled Lincoln's humble origins, and it appealed to voters who believed in the opportunities a free society offered. An unknown artist used this romantic imagery to create a larger-than-life portrait of Lincoln that includes a vision of the White House in the distance - Lincoln's final destination. This painting embodies the American belief that a common citizen can rise to lead the nation. (This information is from the Chicago Historical Society.)
Lesson Plans / ThemesChoosing the Lincoln Statue
Learning Standards14 Political systems; 15 Economics; 16 History; 17 Geography; 18 Social systems
Author or CreatorIllinois Heritage Association; Chicago Historical Society
SourcePainting, Chicago Historical Society collection
Subject / KeywordsIllinois; Presidents; Politics & Government; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; White House; Oil on canvas
Collection PublisherIllinois Heritage Association
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource IdentifierIHA00160
CONTENTdm file name609601532002_AHD150, -Painting, -The-Rails.jpg
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