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MARTIN P. JOHNSON earned the Ph.D. in history at Brown University and currently teaches at Miami University of Ohio, Hamilton Campus. He was acquisitions editor at Northern Illinois University Press for six years. His publications include The Dreyfus Affair: Honour and Politics in Belle Epoque (1999) and The Paradise of Association: Political Culture and Popular Organizations in the Paris Commune of 1871 (1996). He is currently working on a book tentatively titled "My Remarks at Gettysburg": Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War North.

DAN MONROE earned the Ph.D. in history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently teaches history at Bradley University. His publications include The Republican Vision of John Tyler (2003), At Home with Illinois Governors: A Social History of the Illinois Executive Mansion, 1855–2003 (2002), and Shapers of the Great Debate on the Civil War: A Biographical Dictionary, with Bruce Tap (2005).

LUCAS E. MOREL, associate professor of politics at Washington and Lee University, is the author of Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government (2000). He is a member of the scholarly advisory committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, as well as a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, and the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society. His most recent book is Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to Invisible Man (2004).

PHILLIP SHAW PALUDAN holds the Naomi Lynn Lincoln Chair at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Over his distinguished career he has written a variety of important books and articles on Civil War-era America. He has been recognized with numerous awards and fellowships, including the Lincoln Prize for The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln (1994).

HEATHER COX RICHARDSON is associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her published works include The Greatest Nation of the Earth: Republican Economic Policies during the Civil War (1997) and The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865–1901 (2001). She is currently working on a history of Reconstruction that examines American ideology and nationalism from 1865 to 1901.

ADAM I. P. SMITH is a lecturer in American history at University College London. He has contributed several articles to Civil War-era anthologies and scholarly journals, and he is the author of No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

PAUL M. ZALL, research scholar at the Huntington Library, editor of Abe Lincoln Laughing: Humorous Anecdotes from Original Sources by and about Abraham Lincoln (1995) and the reconstituted autobiography Lincoln on Lincoln (1999), labors to finish one last book about Lincoln's humor. He says, "If I can't take it with me, I ain't goin'."