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Gabor S. Boritt, the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College, is director of the Civil War Institute and chair of the board of trustees of the Lincoln Prize. He earned a B.A. from Yankton College, M.A. from the University of South Dakota, and Ph.D. from Boston University. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream (1978), The Lincoln Image (1984), The Confederate Image (1987), The Historian's Lincoln (1988), The Historian's Lincoln, Rebuttals: What the University Press Would Not Print (1988), Why the Confederacy Lost (1992), and Lincoln, the War President: The Gettysburg Lectures (1992).

Harold Holzer is chief communications officer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and adjunct professor of history at Pace University. From 1989 to 1992 he was director of the New York State Lincoln on Democracy Project. He is the author or coauthor of seven books and more than two hundred articles and monographs. He has received the Award of Achievement of the Lincoln Group of New York, the Barondess-Lincoln Award of the Civil War Round Table of New York, and the inaugural Award of Achievement of the Abraham Lincoln Association. His most recent books, both published in 1993, are The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The First Complete, Unexpurgated Text and Washington and Lincoln Portrayed: National Icons in Popular Prints.

Douglas L. Wilson, George A. Lawrence Professor of English at Knox College, received his B.A. at Doane College and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the director of the Seymour Library at Knox College from 1972 to 1991. Until recently, most of Wilson's historical writings have focused on Thomas Jefferson, especially Jefferson's library. His interest in Lincoln has led to several articles that have appeared in The Atlantic, Indiana Magazine of History, and Civil War History. Wilson's work on transcribing William Henry Herndon's interviews with Lincoln's associates led him to reexamine several controversial events in the Illinois lawyer's early life. With Rodney O. Davis, also of Knox College, Wilson plans to publish the first scholarly edition of the Herndon letters and interviews.