Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposiums

“The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship”

Fourteenth Annual Symposium

Abraham Lincoln Institute, Inc. (ALI), provides free, ongoing education on the life, career, and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ALI offers resources for educators, governmental and community leaders, and the general public through symposia, seminars, lectures, and special events.

National Archives II
College Park, Maryland

March 26, 2011

Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc.

Burrus Carnahan › Lincoln on Trial? The President and Military Treatment of Southern Civilians

J.D., Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School and Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State

Key Publications:
Lincoln on Trial: Southern Civilians and the Law of War (2010)
Act of Justice (on the Emancipation Proclamation) (2007)

Amanda Foreman › Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in England: A Propaganda Tool for the Enemy?

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

David Hirsch › And the War Came: The Geography of Language

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)

James Swanson › Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse

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)

Jonathan White › John Merryman and Lincoln’s Other Habeas Corpus Problem

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)