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Center for Digital Scholarship Box A, Brown University Providence, RI 02912 About This Collection Lincoln broadsides were created and used to advertise and educate Americans about, as well as to commemorate, the Sixteenth President of the United States. They document the didactic use of Lincoln's image in the public sphere and suggest Lincoln's important place in American culture as a national role model to citizens at all levels of society. Adult and child, manufacturer, seller and purchaser, artist and businessman, private civic organization and public institution — all are represented as producers and consumers of the print materials included in this collection. The Brown University Library's Lincoln Broadsides collection comprises an assortment of printed materials intended for broad public distribution in a variety of formats. Within this digital collection you will find, for example: These materials encompass a relatively wide range of content and often incorporate graphic images as an adjunct to printed text. They range in date from the 1840s through the 1920s, and cover both events in which Lincoln was actually involved and those that revolved around the use of his public image. You will find that the materials in the Lincoln Broadsides collection incorporate broader themes in American history and culture, such as national celebrations and commemorations, travel and tourism, political campaigns, party politics, civic pride, social activism, parks and recreation, legal evolution and state governance. We invite you to explore, and enjoy, this collection.
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