Continuation of “History That Should Be Remembered But Generally Isn’t” which I had nicknamed “Greg’s Andrew Jackson Thread (and Other Historical Phenomena)”
To kick off the new Forum’s new Thread, I’m looking for the first instance of crowd surfing. Punk communities generally believe Iggy Pop invented it in 1970, but Johsua Wolf Shenk put forth a powerful counterargument.
“Lincoln came to the Decatur convention in May  as a rising star. When [the orator on stage, Richard] Oglesby called his name from the stage of the wigwam, the delegates and onlookers broke into thunderous applause. A half-dozen men seized Lincoln and tried to push him to the front of the room. When that didn’t work – the room was too full — they lifted him up on their shoulders and passed him around, not unlike in a mosh pit today, over the mass of people to the stage. The crowd roared its approval.” (Shenk, Joshua Wolf Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness)