• Introduction
  • Terry Alford
  • Michael Burlingame
  • Stephen Goldman
  • William C. Harris
  • Thomas A. Horrocks
  • Charles M. Hubbard
  • Michelle A. Krowl
  • Gordon Leidner
  • Jonathan H. Mann
  • Fred J. Martin, Jr.
  • Edna Greene Medford
  • Lucas E. Morel
  • Michael Musick
  • Trevor K. Plante
  • Rodney A. Ross
  • Scott Sandage
  • David Seddelmeyer
  • John R. Sellers
  • Ron Soodalter
  • Paul R. Tetreault
  • Jennifer L. Weber
  • Jonathan W. White
  • Robert Willard
  • Douglas L. Wilson

The Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors

The Abraham Lincoln Institute was founded to provide free, quality resources to educators, government leaders, and the general public. The Abraham Lincoln Institute Board of Directors members share a background in service in varied arenas. Some of our members are among the nation’s leading Lincoln scholars, many are prolific authors, some are gifted speakers, others are eminent researchers, managers, directors, and professors. All are dedicated to promoting excellent and accessible Lincoln scholarship.   See also ALI Executive Committee.

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Terry Alford

Terry Alford is professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale campus).

Degrees:

B.A., Mississippi State University
M.A., Mississippi State University
Ph.D., Mississippi State University

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Michael Burlingame

Michael Burlingame is author of the acclaimed, two volume Abraham Lincoln: A Life, as well as a highly esteemed Lincoln scholar.

Degrees:

Phillips Academy, Andover, 1956-60
B.A., Princeton University, 1964
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1971

Publications:

Books:  authored

Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, Southern Illinois University Press, forthcoming
Abraham Lincoln: A Life, 2 volumes, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009
Lincoln Prize, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Gettysburg College
Russell Strange Book Prize for the best book on Illinois history, Illinois State Historical Society
Co-winner, ALI Book Prize The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994

Books:  edited

Abraham Lincoln: The Observations of John G. Nicolay and John Hay, Southern Illinois University Press, 2007
Dispatches from Lincoln's White House: The Anonymous Civil War Journalism of Presidential Secretary William O. Stoddard, by William O. Stoddard, University of Nebraska Press, 2002
"Lincoln's Humor" and Other Essays by Benjamin P. Thomas, University of Illinois Press, 2002
The Real Lincoln: A Portrait by Jesse W. Weik (an expanded edition), University of Nebraska Press, 2002
At Lincoln's Side: John Hay's Civil War Correspondence and Selected Writings, Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
Inside the White House in War Times: Memoirs and Reports of Lincoln's Secretary, by William O. Stoddard, University of Nebraska Press, 2000
With Lincoln in the White House: John G. Nicolay's Letters, Memoranda, and Other Writings, 1860-1865, Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
A Reporter’s Lincoln by Walter B. Stevens (an expanded edition), University of Nebraska Press, 1998
Lincoln's Journalist: John Hay's Anonymous Writings for the Press, 1860-1864, Southern Illinois University Press, 1998
Lincoln Observed: Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998
Inside Lincoln's White House, the Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay, Southern Illinois University Press, 1997
An Oral History of Abraham Lincoln: John G. Nicolay’s Interviews and Essays, Southern Illinois University Press, 1996

Positions Past and Present:

Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois Springfield, 2009-present
Sadowski Professor of History Emeritus, Connecticut College
Professor, History Department, Connecticut College, 1968-2001

Awards and Recognition:

Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize presented by Gettysburg College, 2001
Lincoln Diploma of Honor from Lincoln Memorial University, 1998
Abraham Lincoln Association Prize, 1996
Member of the Executive Committee, Abraham Lincoln Association (Springfield)

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Stephen Goldman

Stephen Goldman, a medical psychiatrist, is a two-time past President of the North Jersey Civil War Round Table and has led a monthly Civil War book group in New Jersey for many years. Currently Dr. Goldman is an international consultant in medical product safety, including risk management, auditing, training, and case review. An Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Dr. Goldman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Degrees:

B.A., Ohio University, Honors Tutorial College (HTC) as the Outstanding Graduate in Psychology
M.D., New York University School of Medicine as Alex Rosen Award for Excellence in Medicine and the Humanities

Books:  

Dr. Goldman’s medical publication topics include medical ethics, psychiatric illness secondary to medical/neurological causation, drug-induced disease, risk communication and medical education.

Dr. Goldman is at work on a book about Union soldiers, focusing on the impact of combat and military experience on the lives of veterans, planned for publication by Fordham University Press.

Public Speaking:

Dr. Goldman is a noted speaker at the US National Archives, National Museum of Civil War Medicine Annual Conferences, various other Civil War organizations and Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds.

Positions Past and Present – After completing training in general adult and consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatry, Dr. Goldman was:

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Director, Division of C-L Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical Director of MedWatch, the Food and Drug Administration’s medical product safety program

Awards and Recognition:

  • FDA Commissioner's Special Citation/Harvey W. Wiley Medal and Commendable Service Award
  • 2003 Outstanding HTC Alumnus
  • Drug Information Association Outstanding Service Award

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William C. Harris

William Harris is Emeritus Professor of History at North Carolina State University.

Publications:
The most significant of Mr. Harris’s ten book are.

Lincoln and the Border States in the Civil War (forthcoming, September 2011)
Lincoln’s Rise to the Presidency, University Press of Kansas, 2007
* Winner, Henry Adams Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government, 2008
Lincoln’s Last Months, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004
* Winner, Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award, 2004
With Charity for All: Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union, University Press of Kentucky, 1997
* Winner, Lincoln Prize, Second Place, for Civil War history, 1998
William Woods Holden: Firebrand of North Carolina Politics, Louisiana State University Press, 1987
* Winner, Mayflower Cup for nonfiction by a North Carolina author, 1988
* Winner, Jefferson Davis Memorial Award for the best book on Confederate history, 1988
The Day of the Carpetbagger: Republican Reconstruction in Mississippi, Louisiana State University Press, 1979

Positions Past and Present:

Professor, North Carolina State University, 1969–Present
Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1968-1969
Associate Professor, Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, 1967-1968
Assistant Professor, Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, 1963-1967

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Thomas A. Horrocks

Thomas A. Horrocks is Associate Librarian of Houghton Library for Collections in the Harvard College library system. A leading expert in special collections library management, Dr. Horrocks is also a historian with research interests in the political history of 19th century America and the history of the book in American culture.

Degrees:

B.A. Villanova University
M.A. Villanova University
M.S.L.S. Drexel University
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Publications:

President James Buchanan and the Crisis of National Leadership,
Nova Publishing, 2012
Popular Print and Popular Medicine: Almanacs and Health Advice in Early America,
University of Massachusetts Press, 2008
Harvard's Lincoln, Harvard Library Bulletin, 19 [2008]: 1-80

Positions Past and Present:

Director, Special Collections and the John Hay Library, Brown University
Director, Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Francis C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine and Librarian, College of Physicians of Philadelphia

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Charles M. Hubbard

Charles Hubbard is a Professor of History and the Lincoln Historian at Lincoln Memorial University.

Degrees:

Ph.D., American Diplomatic History, University of Tennessee

Publications:

Corregidor in War and Peace, University of Missouri Press, 2007
Lincoln Reshapes the Presidency, Mercer University Press, 2002
Historic Reflections on U.S. Governance and Civil Society, De La Salle University Press, 1999
Lincoln and His Contemporaries, Mercer University Press, 1998
The Burden of Confederate Diplomacy, University of Tennessee Press, 1997
Lincoln and His Contemporaries, Mercer University Press, 1998
The Many Faces of Lincoln, Mayhaven Press

Dr. Hubbard has also written many articles on Lincoln and the Civil War for various publications including, "The Confederate Lobby and the Blockade Debate of 1862" for the Journal of Civil War History and "Lincoln and the Chicken Bone Case," for the American History Magazine.

Positions Past and Present:

Director, Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
Senior Fulbright Scholar
Managing Editor, Lincoln Herald
Member, Tennessee Historical Commission
Board of Directors, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

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Michelle Krowl

Michelle Krowl is the Civil War and Reconstruction specialist in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. She was previously a research assistant for historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and an assistant professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College.

Michelle Krowl introducing Dr. James Oakes at the 2009 ALI symposium Dr. Krowl introducing Dr. James Oakes at ALI Symposium 2009.
Photo: Bruce Guthrie ©2009

Degrees:

Ph.D., History, University of California at Berkeley, 1998
    Dissertation: "Dixie's Other Daughters: African-American Women in Virginia, 1861-1868."
M.A. History, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
B.A. History, University of California, Riverside 1991

Publications:

   • The World War II Memorial: Honoring the Price of Freedom, Donning Company Publishers, 2008. Published in cooperation with the National Park Service
   • Women of the Civil War. Women Who Dare series. Pomegranate Communications, Inc., in cooperation with the Library of Congress, 2006
   • "Cheatham, Benjamin Franklin" and "Cox, Lucy Ann White" in Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Volume 3, Caperton-Daniels. Senior editor Sara B. Bearss, Library of Virginia, 2006
   • Quantico: Semper Progredi, Always Forward, with Bradley E. Gernand, Donning Company Publishers, 2005
   • "‘In the Spirit of Fraternity': The United States Government and the Burial of Confederate Dead in Arlington National Cemetery, 1864-1914," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 111, no. 2, 2003
   • "For Better or Worse: Black Families and ‘the State' in Civil War Virginia," in Southern Families at War: Loyalty and Conflict in the Civil War South, edited by Catherine Clinton, Oxford University Press, 2000
   • "‘Her Just Dues': Civil War Pensions of African-American Women in Virginia," in Negotiating the Boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing with the Powers that Be. Southern Women series, Volume 4. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000
   • "Black Codes," "Casey Hayden," "The Emancipation Proclamation," "National Organization for Women," and "Students for a Democratic Society," in Civil Rights in the United States, edited by Waldo E. Martin and Patricia Sullivan, Macmillan Reference, 2000
   • "African American Women and the United States Military in Civil War Virginia," in Afro-Virginian History and Culture. Edited by John Saillant. Cross Currents in African American History series, edited by Graham R. Hodges and Margaret Washington, Garland Publishing, 1999

Positions Past and Present:

Friends of Cherry Hill Foundation, Inc., Falls Church, Virginia
Board of Directors, 2004-present
President, 2005-2010

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Gordon Leidner

Mr. Leidner is the author and Gordon Leidner webmaster of Great American History, a Civil War web site popular among students and educators. Gordon Leidner is originally from Greenville, Illinois.

Degrees:

B.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois
M.G.A., Applied Management, University of Maryland

Books:

Abraham Lincoln: Quotes, Quips, and Speeches, Cumberland House, 2009
A Commitment to Honor: A Unique Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words, Rutledge Hill Press
Lincoln on God and Country, White Mane Publishers
Abraham Lincoln: The Complete Book of Facts, Quizzes, and Trivia, White Mane Publishers
History Book Club selection, May 2001

Articles:

Mr. Leidner has written numerous articles on Lincoln, including those discussing modern transformational leadership theory published in the Lincoln Herald and Columbia: A Quarterly Review of the War Between the States.

Public Speaking:

Mr. Leidner has lectured on Lincoln at the Smithsonian Institution and Johns Hopkins University.

Positions Past and Present:

Web Site Liaison, Abraham Lincoln Institute
President, Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, 2002-2004.

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Jonathan H. Mann

Jonathan Mann was only eleven-years-old when he discovered his life-long passion.  That year, his mother returned from an antique show with two campaign buttons — one for Thomas E. Dewey and one for Woodrow Wilson — and Mr. Mann has been fascinated by political Americana ever since.

A nationally recognized expert on historical Americana, ranging from manuscripts, documents and rare books to vintage photography, artifacts, and memorabilia,  Mr. Mann is regularly called upon to research, authenticate, and appraise material culture for some of the country’s leading repositories.

Degrees:

B.A., History, Vassar College
M.B.A., Graduate School of Business Administration, New York University

Publications

Editor, The Rail Splitter - A Journal for the Lincoln Collector
A quarterly journal for those passionate about collecting Lincolniana
The Rail Splitter Journal Web Site

Positions Past and Present:

Executive Director, non-profit consulting firm, New York City
Owner, television production company

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Fred J. Martin, Jr.

Fred Martin serves as a designated Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies and is a past president of Abraham Lincoln Institute (2007-2008).

Degrees:

B.A., History, University of Denver

Publications:

Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864: Our Greatest Victory
"The Lost Chapter in Korean History, Evolving Democracy, and an Opportunity for Peace and Security in the North Pacific", Institute of Governmental Studies, 2007

Past and Present Positions:

Senior Vice President, Bank of America, 1971-93
Founding Chair, University of California program on Mental Health & Public Policy
Assistant General Manager, Greater San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Consultant to firms in health care, technology, engineering, educational lending, and banking
Lecturer, Journalism, San Francisco State University
Lecturer, Public Policy Analysis, Golden Gate University, San Francisco
Editor, San Francisco Business Editor and Writer with The Denver Post, the Associated Press, and the San Francisco Examiner. He covered a wide range of assignments that included editorial positions, legislative and political assignments, general assignment reporting, and urban affairs reporting.
Infantry Lieutenant, Korea
Assistant in the Office of Economic Coordinator, Department of State, which managed U.S. aid for rebuilding Korea.

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Edna Greene Medford

Dr. Medford is a professor of history at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Degrees:

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

Publications

Co-author, The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views (2006)
Contributor: Lincoln Lessons: Reflections on America's Greatest Leader (2008)
Contributor: The Price of Freedom: Slavery and the Civil War, Volumes I & II (2000)

Positions Past and Present:

Director (Former), History of New York's African Burial Ground Project
Director (Former), Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, Howard University

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Lucas E. Morel

Dr. Lucas Morel is the Lewis G. John Term Professor and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University, where he teaches courses on American government, political philosophy, black American politics, and Abraham Lincoln. Dr. Morel is also a past president and chairman of the board of Abraham Lincoln Institute (2011-2013).

Degrees:

Ph.D., Political Science, Claremont Graduate School, 1994
B.A., Government, Claremont McKenna College, 1987
D.H.L., Illinois College (Honorary Degree), 2009

Publications:

Books:  

Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government, 2000
Editor, Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to "Invisible Man," 2004
Contributing Editor, Books and Culture: A Christian Review

Articles:  

Dr. Morel’s most recently published articles include:
"Lincoln and the Constitution: A Unionist for the Sake of Liberty," Journal of Supreme Court History (2011)
"Lincoln, Race, and the Spirit of '76," Perspectives on Political Science (2010)
"Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address: War and Remembrance," On Principle (2009)

Dr. Morel has also written for the following publications:
The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association
Lincoln Lore
Los Angeles Times
Christian Science Monitor
First Things
The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Commentary

Dr. Morel has been a guest commentator on CNN's TalkBack Live, as well as on New Hampshire, Virginia, and Wisconsin Public Radio programs.

Public Speaking

Dr. Morel has had several speaking engagements, the most recent being his insightful message, "The Problem of Black History: Race, Memory, and the American Creed," at The Heritage Foundation, February 12, 2008.

Positions Past and Present

Abraham Lincoln Association, Board Member (2010-2012)
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission-Board of Scholarly Advisors
Library of Congress, Advisory Board, Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Exhibit (2010-present)
Lincoln Prize Award Jury Member (2008-09)
Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College-Board of Advisors (2002-06)
Supreme Court Historical Society, Trustee (2002-present)

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Michael P. Musick

Michael Musick, now retired, served as Subject Area Expert for the U.S. Civil War at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. for 35 years.

Publications:

Sixth Virginia Cavalry, Lynchburg, 1990
Entries in Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War, New York, 1986
With James I. Robertson, et al., Index-Guide to the Southern Historical Society Papers, 1876-1959, New York, 1980
"Alonzo Wayne Crawford" in Martin Windrow and Frederick Wilkinson, eds., The Universal Soldier, New York, 1971, with B.K. Kummerow and W.L. Brown
Articles in Civil War Times Illustrated; Manuscripts
Prologue to The Journal of the National Archives and other publications
One of Mr. Musick’s Prologue articles won the Harold L. Peterson Award of the Eastern Parks and Monuments Association for best military history-related article.

Positions Past and Present

Consultant for The Civil War," a nine-part PBS television series by Ken Burns, 1990
Board of Directors, Shepherd College Center for the Study of the Civil War
Advisory Board, Lincoln Forum
Founding Member and Past President, Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table
Past President, Abraham Lincoln Institute
Guest Lecturer on the American Civil War, Martin Luther University, Wittenburg, Germany

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Trevor K. Plante

Trevor Plante is Acting Chief of Reference at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century military records.

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Rodney A. Ross

Rodney A. Ross

Rodney Ross, Reference Archivist with the Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration, was born, raised and educated in Illinois.

Degrees:

Batavia High, Batavia, IL, 1961
B.A., History, Knox College, 1965
Ph.D., American History, University of Chicago, 1975

Publications

"Mary Todd Lincoln, Patient at Bellevue Place, Batavia", Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Spring 1970
"The National Archives: The Formative Years, 1934-1949", Guardian of Heritage: Essays on the History of the National Archives, 1985
"Using the U.S. Congressional Serial Set for the Study of Western History", The Western Historical Quarterly, Summer 1994
"A Period of Transition: Foundation Publications of the U.S. National Military Establishment", Journal of Government Information, 1999
"Establishing the National Archives", Prologue, June 2004
Guide to Records of the United States House of Representatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989, co-author with Charles E. Schamel, Mary Rephlo, David Kepley, Robert W. Coren, and James Gregory Bradsher
Illinois Heritage Map, Illinois-related sites in the nation’s capital, 2001
Gratis copies of Illinois Heritage Map may be obtained by calling 703-461-3610.

Positions and Projects:

Various positions with the National Archives, 1977 to present
Reference Archivist, National Archives, Center for Legislative Archives
Nixon Presidential Materials Project
White House Liaison Officer, Reagan Administration, 1980-1984
Legislative Assistant to an Illinois Congressman, 94th Congress
Lecturer, Indian University Northwest, 1972
Lecturer, Wilberforce University, 1967-69

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Scott Sandage

Scott Sandage is an Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University and a cultural historian, specializing in nineteenth-century America.

Publications:

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, abridgement, HarperCollins Publishers, 2007
Born Losers: A History of Failure in America, Harvard University Press, 2005
* Winner, 34th Annual Thomas J. Wilson Prize, Best First Book Accepted by the Press
"A Marble House Divided: The Lincoln Memorial, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Politics of Memory, 1939-1963,", Journal of American History, 80, June 1993
* Winner, Best Article, Organization of American Historians and the Eugene V. Debs Foundation
"A Marble House Divided: The Lincoln Memorial, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Politics of Memory, 1939-1963," Has been reprinted in two recent anthologies."American History and Culture" book series, co-editor with Neil Foley, Kevin Gaines, and Martha Hodes, New York University Press

Positions Past and Present:

Public Historian Consultant to Smithsonian Institution, National Archives, National Park Service, an off-Broadway play, and film and radio documentaries
Chair, Historian Panel to choose the inscription for the wheelchair sculpture at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

Awards and Recognition:

Fellow, 1997-98 Jameson Fellowship from the Library of Congress and the American Historical Association
Fellow, 1998 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
* Winner, 1995-96 Dissertation Prize, Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools for his abridgement of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America

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David Seddelmeyer

David Seddelmeyer is one of the founders of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, as well as a Supervisory Attorney of the National Labor Relations Board, Division of Enforcement Litigation.

Publications:

"Lincoln’s Red Letter Day" (regarding Lincoln administration correspondence with European labor organization), Lincoln Herald, Summer 1993
Former Contributor, The Lincolnian.

Positions Past and Present:

Founding Committee Member, Abraham Lincoln Institute
ALI Dissertation Award Committee Member
Past Executive Committee Member, Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia
Past President and Legislative Director, National Labor Relations Board Professional Association

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John R. Sellers, Past President

John Sellers is Historical Specialist, Civil War & Reconstruction, for the Library of Congress. Dr. Sellers is the curator of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln in the Library of Congress.

Degrees:

B.S., Florida State University
B.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
M.A., PhD., Tulane University

Publications:

The Virginia Continental Line, 1975
"The Common Soldier in the American Revolution" 1976
"Manuscript Sources in the Library of Congress for Research on the American Revolution," 1975
Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789, 1981
"Civil War Manuscripts: A Guide to Collections in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress," 1986
Dr. Sellers has played a major role in the digitization and online presentation of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.

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Ron Soodalter

A native New Englander, Ron Soodalter has pursued a variety of diverse careers. Ron SoodalterMr. Soodalter taught in New York City’s Riker’s Island Prison, in a bilingual school in Spanish Harlem, and in a small upstate New York high school. He then worked as curator of a Colorado history museum, where he served on the board of directors of the 10-state Mountain-Plains Museums Conference.

As a young teenager, Soodalter was fortunate to have studied Flamenco guitar with the world renowned Carlos Montoya, and has played professionally all his life. Also an accomplished scrimshaw artist, he has been featured in a prominent Manhattan art gallery.

Degrees:

B.A., American History
M.A., Education
M.A., American Folk Culture

Books:

The Slave Next Door, Berkeley Press, anticpated January 2009
   co-authored with Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves
   A comprehensive study of human trafficking and modern-day slavery in America.
Hanging Captain Gordon: The Life and Trial of an American Slave Trader, Simon & Schuster, 2006

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Paul R. Tetreault

Paul R. Tetreault is the current Director of Ford's Theatre and Museum in Washington, D.C.

Degrees:

B.S., Emerson College, Boston, MA
M.F.A., City University of New York-Brooklyn College

Positions Past and Present:

Director, Ford's Theatre and Museum, Washington, DC
Managing Director, Alley Theatre, Houston, TX
Director of Finance, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Vice President, C.W. Shaver and Company, Inc., New York, NY
Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA
Circle Repertory Company, New York, NY
Board of the Washington, D.C. Downtown Business Improvement District (BID)
The Executive Committee, League of Resident Theatres (LORT)
Panelist, National Endowment for the Arts
Chair of the Theater District Association (Houston)
The National Council for the Atlantic Center for the Arts
Guest Lecturer
  • Brooklyn College
  • Columbia University
  • Rice University
  • University of Houston
  • New York University

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Jennifer L. Weber

Dr. Jennifer Weber is an Associate Professor at the History Department at the University of Kansas. Besides teaching the first half Jennifer Weber of the American history survey, Dr. Weber teaches undergraduate courses related to the Civil War, the South, and slavery, along with a graduate research seminar. Her principal interest is the Civil War, especially the seams where political, social, and military history come together. Other fields that attract her attention include 19th century America and war and society.

Dr. Weber is a native Californian who worked for several years in her home state as a journalist and political aide; then, she saw the light and went to graduate school.

Dr. Weber is currently working on a children’s book about the battle of Gettysburg, a collection of essays in honor of her graduate adviser, James M. McPherson, and a monograph comparing conscription and its consequences in the Union and the Confederacy.

Degrees:

B.S., Northwestern, 1984
M.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1998
M.A., Princeton, 2000
Ph.D., Princeton, 2003

Publications:

Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North, Oxford University Press, 2006
Interview with Dr. Weber about Copperheads

Positions Past and Present

Co-Director, Hall Center’s Seminar on Peace, War & Global Change
Advisor, Panel for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

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Jonathan W. White

Jonathan W. White is the Fellow, Center for American Studies, Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership and American Studies, and Member of the Honors Faculty, at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia.

Degrees:

B.A., Department of History, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 2001
M.A., Department of History, The University of Maryland at College Park, 2003
Ph.D., Department of History, The University of Maryland at College Park, 2008
Dissertation: “‘To Aid Their Rebel Friends’: Politics and Treason in the Civil War North”

Books:

Civic Education and the Future of American Citizenship, edited with Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, 2012
Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman, 2011
Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History, 2010
  * Winner of the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Book Award, Society for History in the Federal
Government.
A Philadelphia Perspective: The Civil War Diary of Sidney George Fisher
, 2007

Fellowships and Grants:

  • Co-authored with Nathan and Elizabeth Busch grant from the Earhart
    Foundation to support the Center for American Studies academic conferences, 2011
  • Co-authored with Nathan and Elizabeth Busch grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation to support work of the Center for American Studies, 2011
  • Jack Miller Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Christopher Newport University, 2009-2011
  • Fellow, Earhart Foundation, 2004-2008
  • Fellow, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, 2004-2007
  • Research and Travel Grant, Department of History, The University of Maryland, 2006-2007
  • Littleton-Griswold Research Grant in Legal History, The American Historical, 2007
    Association
  • ABC-Clio Research Grant administered by the Society for Military History, 2007

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Robert S. Willard

Robert S. Willard

Robert Willard is a seasoned government and industry professional with experience in both market management and information policy advocacy and with a comprehensive knowledge of the application of information technology to public needs. Mr. Willard served until recently as Strategic Marketing Officer for the Government Printing Office.

Mr. Willard is a long-time collector of books and other material about Abraham Lincoln, and has advised agencies involved in digitization of Lincoln material.

Degrees:

B.A., International Relations, Georgetown University
M.A., Operations Research and Systems Analysis, George Washington University

Positions Past and Present:

Appointee by President Clinton to U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), 1994-98. NCLIS is an independent Federal agency whose part-time Members advise the President and Congress on the information needs of the American public.
Executive Director of NCLIS, full time, 1998
Vice President for Government Relations, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
Director, Government Marketing for Mead Data Central, Inc., an electronic publisher now named LexisNexis)
Vice President, Government Relations of the Information Industry Association
Founder and Director, the Washington office of the Data Processing Management Association
Member, Board of the Abraham Lincoln Association
Treasurer of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia
Congressional staff member, educational fund raiser, and a decorated Army officer with service in Korea, Vietnam, and the Pentagon.

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Douglas L. Wilson

Dr. Wilson taught English and American Literature at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois for 33 years, where he also served for an extended period as Director of the Knox Library.

Douglas Wilson

A founder of an interdisciplinary American Studies program at Knox, Dr. Wilson spent many years working in Jefferson studies, which resulted in numerous scholarly articles and several books. His work in Lincoln studies has focused on Lincoln’s early life, William H. Herndon’s researches, and Lincoln’s presidential writing.

Degrees:

B.A., Doane College
M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania

Publications:

Books:  

Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words, Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
* Winner, Lincoln Prize, 2007
Herndon’s Lincoln about Abraham Lincoln, edited with Rodney O. Davis, University of Illinois Press, 2006
Jefferson Abroad, edited with Lucia Stanton, The Modern Library, 1999
Honor’s Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln, Alfred A. Knopf, 1998
* Winner, Lincoln Prize, 1999
Herndon’s Informants: Letters and Interviews about Abraham Lincoln, edited with Rodney O. Davis, University of Illinois Press, 1998
Lincoln Before Washington: New Perspectives on the Illinois Years, University of Illinois Press, 1997
Thomas Jefferson’s Library, edited with James Gilreath, Library of Congress, 1989
Jefferson’s Literary Commonplace Book, Princeton University Press, 1989

Dr. Wilson’s work on Abraham Lincoln has appeared in:

The Atlantic Monthly
American Heritage
Time
The American Scholar
and other magazines and scholarly journals.

Positions Past and Present

George A. Lawrence Distingued Service Professor, Knox College
Founding Director, International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello
Co-director, with Rodney O. Davis, of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, which was retained by the Library of Congress to transcribe and annotate documents in its Lincoln Papers for the Internet, including a critical edition of the Lincoln-Douglas debates.