Artifact Project: Abraham Lincoln’s Top Hat

20150911_03263620150911_032731Abraham Lincoln, who was 16th President in United States, is famous for many things, such as ideal of freedom, abolishing slavery, unifying divided nations, and so on but also famous for wearing this tall hat every time, even carrying notes,  letters, and bills in this hat. He was also wearing this hat when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, who was a strong confederate sympathizer  during the play ‘Our American Cousin’ in Ford Theater, on April 14, 1865. Although he was the tallest president, which height was 6-foot-4, he wore this hat in public in order to make him taller, that could not be missed in a crowd. The Battle of Fort Stevens in July, 1864 is a good example of  wearing this Top Hat made him to become a spot in a crowd easily, that Carl Sandburg quoted “too tall a target.”

This hat is also the one that helped preventing Abraham Lincoln from assassination and save his life for one time. When he was on the horseback and on his way to the Soldiers’ Home, with his Top Hat on, in August, 1864, he was shot by assassin, near the road. Luckily, the bullet went through the hat by making a bullet hole, and saved his life.  However, unfortunately, in the next attempt for his assassination, as it was mentioned above, it did not helped saving his life. And when he was shot and died, his hat was on the floor beside the chair he was sitting on.

Why this Abraham Lincoln’s Top Hat represents prolegomenon is that this symbolizes Abraham Lincoln, which he wore this hat in everywhere he have been, and became a big part of Lincoln’s life. He wore it “in war and peace, on the stump and in Washington DC, on occasions formal and informal, and during the night he was assassinated.” According to the book by Debbie Henderson named ‘The Top Hat: An Illustrated History of It`s Styling and Manufacture,’ she stated as “it had become the irrepressible symbol of prestige and authority.” He did not used this prestige and authority for him, but he used for America and civil rights. He declared to abolish the slavery, and made America as country that has equality and freedom to all, which confirmed and put American dreams that was corrupted and lost it’s true meaning for a while, right and properly.

Sources and Quotes cited:

http://www.theforgivenessfoundation.org/index.php/presidents/2743-happy-birthday-president-lincoln-abraham-lincoln-16th-president-of-the-united-states (picture)

http://www.civilwar.si.edu/lincoln_tophat.html

http://www.villagehatshop.com/content/159/abraham-lincolns-top-hat.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/abraham-lincolns-top-hat-the-inside-story-3764960/

http://americanhistory.si.edu/lincoln/introduction

 

One thought on “Artifact Project: Abraham Lincoln’s Top Hat”

  1. Rick,
    This is a well researched and well executed post. Although I would like to see you use links more extensively, you do an excellent job connecting this artifact with its historical context and the themes of the course. In terms of your mastery of English grammar and syntax, we need to work a bit on your subject/verb agreement, use of articles, and use of pronouns. Overall, though, a very good post.
    Grade: 45/50

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