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DARREL E. BIGHAM is Director of Historic Southern Indiana and professor of history at the University of Southern Indiana. His most recent book is On Jordan's Banks: The Aftermath of Emancipation in the Ohio River Valley (2006). In addition to serving on the national Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, he has edited a special issue on Lincoln, Slavery, and Race in OAH Magazine of History (January 2008).

ROGER C. CRAMTON clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harold H. Burton after earning a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He is Robert S. Stevens Emeritus Professor of Law at Cornell University, where he served as Dean of the Law School (1973–1980).

ROBERT FABRIKANT clerked for U.S. Chief Justice Warren E. Burger after earning a J.D. from Georgetown University. He is Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley Austin LLP, and is adjunct professor at Howard University Law School.

MATTHEW S. HOLLAND earned a Ph.D. in political science at Duke University and is assistant professor of political science at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Bonds of Affection: Civic Charity and the Making of America—Winthrop, Jefferson, and Lincoln (2007).

PHILLIP W. MAGNESS is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University. He holds a M.P.P., also from George Mason University, and a B.A. in political science from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He is currently completing a dissertation on trade politics in the United States.

LUCAS E. MOREL is associate professor of politics at Washington and Lee University. He has published extensively on Lincoln in relation to religion and race, including Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government (2000). His current project is a book on Ralph Ellison's American democratic individualism.

THOMAS R. TURNER is professor of history at Bridgewater State College. He has authored several Lincoln-related works, including The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (1999), and he is editor of the Lincoln Herald.