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Abraham Lincoln Institute
Eleventh Annual Symposium
March 29, 2008

"The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship"

Co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute, Inc., the National Archives, the Foundation for the National Archives, the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C., and the generosity of individual donors; and, endorsed by the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The 2007 Symposium was held at the National Archives II, College Park, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gabor BorittAuthor: Gabor Boritt, Ph.D.  -  PhD, Director, Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College


  • The Gettysburg Gospel
  • Why the Confederacy Lost

Topic:  "How Some Few "Remarks" Became the ‘Gettysburg Address’"

Dr. William C. HarrisWilliam C. Harris – PhD, Professor Emeritus of History, North Carolina State University


With Charity for All: Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union (1997)  –   Winner, Lincoln Prize, Second Place, for Civil War history, 1998
  • Lincoln’s Last Months (2004)
  •  Lincoln’s Rise to the Presidency (2007)

Topic:  "Lincoln and the Mexican-American War Revisited "

Dr. William Lee Miller

William Lee Miller – Ph.D., Scholar in Ethics and Institutions, Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia


Key Publications:
  • Arguing About Slavery: John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the American Congress
  •  Lincoln’s Virtues, an Ethical Biography

Topic:  "Lincoln Does His Duty as a Statesman" 

Dr. David WorkDavid Work – PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, Doha, Qatar


Publications:   Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North (2005)

Topic:  "Why Lincoln Appointed Political Generals "


Panel Discussion

Discussion Topic:  "The Lincoln - Douglas Debates" – Relying on new scholarly analysis of the texts and the historical context of the Debates, the panel discussed the role of the Debates in Lincoln’s political emergence.

Panel Members

Dr. Rodney O. Davis Rodney O. Davis, Ph.D. – Co-Director, Lincoln Studies Center Knox College


  • Herndon’s Informants: Letters, Interviews and Statements About Abraham Lincoln
  •  Herndon’s Lincoln

Additionally, Dr. Davis is editor or co-editor of five other books and some 60 essays and reviews on Illinois History, Abraham Lincoln, and the United States in the Nineteenth Century.   


Dr. Douglas L. Wilson Douglas L. Wilson, Ph.D. – Co-Director Lincoln Studies Center Knox College


  • Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words (2006)
     * Winner, Lincoln Prize
  •  Honor’s Voice (1999)
     * Winner, Lincoln Prize   


Dr. Allen C. Guelzo Allen C. Guelzo, Ph.D. – Luce Professor, Civil War Era Studies Gettysburg College


  • Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999)
     *Winner, Lincoln Prize
  • Lincoln'a Last Months (2004)
     *Winner, Lincoln Prize
  • Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (2004)