Abraham Lincoln Institute
Twelfth Annual Symposium - March 21, 2009
"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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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.