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Charles B. Strozier, professor of history at the City University of New York, received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He was also a research candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and is currently co-director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. The skillful blending of psychology and history is found in his book Lincoln's Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings (1982). His most recent book, coauthored by Robert Jay Lifton and Michael Perlman, is Nuclear Threat and the American Self. He is also working on The Psychology of Fundamentalism. He has been a consultant, producer, and scriptwriter for several Lincoln film documentaries, the most recent being "Abraham Lincoln, A Self Portrait."
Douglas L. Wilson, 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 interviews.
Thomas F. Schwartz is curator of the Henry Horner Lincoln Collection at the Illinois State Historical Library and coeditor of the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association. His numerous articles and book reviews have appeared in Civil War History, Illinois Historical Journal, the Journal of American History, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded $300,000 toward a joint Lincoln exhibition between the Illinois State Historical Library, the Barry and Louise Taper Lincoln Collection, and the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. It is scheduled to open in October 1993.