Our assignment for this week was an interesting look into the voices which go against the traditional views of Lincoln. After reading Sam Dickson’s piece, I was shocked to say the least that such views of Lincoln existed. My reading of this article come only a few weeks after watching the latest film Lincoln and indeed the article was quite a contrast to the film.
We were tasked with locating some alternative(unusual) images of Lincoln for this weeks assignment, so, here we go…
Building off last weeks views on masculinity and class here I have found an image of Abe beardless, the website is :http://fillinn.com/why-a-beard-makes-a-man/ and it is looking at why a beard makes a man:
During the time of Lincoln many key political and military leaders all wore beards as a symbols, perhaps of masculinity , but also of wisdom, knowledge and experience. Only John Quincy Adams before Lincoln sported a beard.There is of course also , certain religious connotation when it come to beards which may also be a reason for his wearing of the beard However, after Lincoln, the number of bearded presidents increased, with only a few who did not follow the trend: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States.
This rather disturbing image of Lincoln in a chair holding a fire axe comes from the fantasy-horror film Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, do I really need to explain any more? The image of Lincoln in the film contrasts greater with the calm, perhaps depressive nature of the Lincoln which we read and watch on T.V. The film stars , Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
This interesting piece was published on 4chan anonymously. To analyse the picture, we see the United States flag draped over the bear, possibly representing strength. Lincoln holds both the constitution and an assault rifle, again this may be a reference to the 2nd amendment. Also the fashion which he is holding the constitution suggests that we must accept or be coerced into doing so. Perhaps this image would have supplemented the Sam Dickson piece well. Again the contrast in this photo to the calm and thoughtful Lincoln is clear to see.
Finally we have a color image of Lincoln, while these are not essentially unusual, I do believe it adds another aspect to the man rather than a monochrome photo.