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Abraham Lincoln Institute
Thirteenth Annual Symposium
March 26, 2011

"The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship"

The 2011 Symposium was held at the National Archives II, College Park, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C.


Videos courtesy of Lincoln Archives Podcasts.

Burrus Carnahan

Burrus Carnahan  -  Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University Law School ~ Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
Key Publication: 
  • Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the Law of War (2010)
  • Act of Justice (on the Emancipation Proclamation)
Symposium Topic:  "Lincoln on Trial? The President and Military Treatment of Southern Civilians"

Amanda Foreman  - Ph.D., FRSA, Senior Visiting Scholar, AHRB Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, Queen Mary, University of London
Key Publications:
A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War (2011)
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire (1998) , Winner of the Whitbread Book Award for best biography and basis of the 2008 film, The Duchess

Symposium Topic: "Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in England: A Propaganda Tool for the Enemy?"

David Hirsch  -  J.D., Attorney and former columnist for the ABA Journal
Key Publication: Co-author with Dan Van Haften - Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason (2010)
Symposium Topic: "And the War Came: The Geography of Language"

James Swanson  -  Senior Legal Scholar, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Key Publications:
Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse (2010)
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (2006)
Symposium Topic: "Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse"

Jonathan White  -  Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Fellow, Christopher Newport University, and ALI Dissertation-Prize Winner (2010)
Key Publications:
Abraham Lincoln and Citizens' Rights in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (Forthcoming: LSU Press, Fall 2011)
Editor, A Philadelphia Perspective: The Civil War Diary of Sidney George Fisher (2007)
Symposium Topic: "John Merryman and Lincoln's Other Habeas Corpus Problem"