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PETER J. BARRY is Distinguished Chair Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Director of the Center for Farm and Rural Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published widely in his field. This is his first foray into Lincoln studies.

CATHERINE CLINTON holds a chair of history at Queen's University-Belfast. She is the author of Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars and Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, which was selected in 2004 by both the Chicago Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor as one of the best non-fiction books of the year. She is currently completing a biography of Mary Lincoln.

JOSEPH R. FORNIERI is associate professor of political science at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln's Political Faith, editor of The Language of Liberty: The Political Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln, and co-editor with Kenneth L. Deutsch of Lincoln's American Dream: Clashing Political Perspectives.

ERIKA NUNAMAKER is a research associate with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln documentary editing project. She earned a master's degree in early American culture at the University of Delaware through the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, has served as an educator at Dickson Mounds Museum (a branch of the Illinois State Museum), and has published several articles on nineteenth-century Illinois history.