• Creator
  • Illinois Heritage Association; Chicago Historical Society
  • Created Date
  • 3-13-02
  • Description
  • The Railsplitter, oil on canvas, artist unknown, 1860. Chicago Historical Society collection. Abraham 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 o... more
    The Railsplitter, oil on canvas, artist unknown, 1860. Chicago Historical Society collection. Abraham 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.). Choosing the Lincoln Statue. 14 Political systems; 15 Economics; 16 History; 17 Geography; 18 Social systems. less
  • Format
  • IHA00160.jpg