Symposium endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

Abraham Lincoln Institute

Twelfth Annual Symposium - March 21, 2009

2009 Video Gallery   |   2009 Photos © Henry Ballone & © Bruce Guthrie

"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.

Held at the National Archives II, College Park, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C.  –  Symposium Brochure



Videos courtesy of Lincoln Archives Project.

Dr. Michael Burlingame

Michael Burlingame  -  PhD, Professor Emeritus of History, Connecticut College

Key Publication:  Abraham Lincoln: A Life

Symposium Topic:  "The Life of Abraham Lincoln: New Findings, Fresh Perspectives"
Burlingame describes how he discovered new information in various sources for his two volume Abraham Lincoln: A Life (2008). Burlingame also cites specific examples from the biodgraphy.


Dr. Ari Hoogenboom

Ari Hoogenboom  -  PhD, Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Key Publication:  Gustavus Vasa Fox of the U.S. Navy: A Biography

Symposium Topic:  "Lincoln's Fox: A Companion in Time of Crisis"
This presentation covers the strong friendship between President Lincoln and the knowledgeable and optimistic Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Fox, a raconteur par excellence.


Lewis Lehrman

Lewis Lehrman  -  Chairman, The Lincoln Institute

Co-founder, Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History and the Lincoln & Soldiers Institute, which annually awards the Lincoln Prize.

Symposium Topic:  "Lincoln at the Turning Point: From Peoria to the Presidency"
Lehrman describes how Lincoln's anti-slavery speech at Peoria on October 16, 1854, influenced the next decade of Lincoln's life and the nation's future.


Dr.Russell McClintock

Russell McClintock  -   PhD, History Teacher, St. John's High School, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Key Publication:  Lincoln and the Decision for War: The Northern Response to Secession, based on McClintock's Nicolay-Hay Award-winning dissertation.

Symposium Topic:  "Lincoln, the North, and Secession "
McClintock recounts Lincoln’s controversial decision to risk war rather than permit secession within the larger context of Northern attitudes and actions during the secession winter.


Dr. James Oakes

James Oakes  -  PhD, Professor of U.S. History, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Key Publication:  The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics ~  Winner: 2008 Lincoln Prize

Symposium Topic:  "Becoming Lincoln: Making of an Emancipationist"
Oakes discusses how Lincoln "grew," not only in the presidency but long before, on a path from mainstream Whig to wartime emancipationist, while retaining, importantly, some conservative views.