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Michael Burlingame is a member of the History Department at Connecticut College. His books are The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994); An Oral History of Abraham Lincoln: John G. Nicolay's Interviews and Essays (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996), which won the 1995 Abraham Lincoln Association Prize; and Inside Lincoln's White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay (coedited with John R. Turner Ettlinger; Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997). He has recently completed four other book-length manuscripts and is currently editing two more collections of Lincoln documents, including Lincoln Observed: Selections from the Dispatches, Letters, and Reminiscences of Noah Brooks, 1862–1865 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming). He has begun to write the first multivolume, cradle-to-grave biography of the sixteenth president ever done by a professional historian.
Rodney O. Davis is Szold Distinguished Service Professor of History at Knox College. An award-wining scholar and author, Professor Davis has long written about Midwest and Illinois history with his most recent publication being a new edition of Thomas Ford's classic A History of Illinois (Springfield: Illinois State Historial Society, 1995). He and Professor Doug-las Wilson are coeditors of Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997). They are also collaborating on producing a new edition of the Lincoln biography written by William Herndon and Jesse Weik.
James Otis Hall has taught both history and economics. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he was trained as a special investigator. After World War II, he went back to work for the Department of Labor, retiring in 1972. Dr. Hall has received an honorary doctorate from Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois, and was recently named "Scholar of the Year" by the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia. His publications include Come Retribution (with William A. Tidwell and David Winfred Gaddy) and dozens of articles and lectures concerning Lincoln and the Civil War.
James A. Rawley is the Carl Adolph Happold Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. A Lincoln student and scholar for four decades, Professor Rawley is the author of numerous works that include Edwin D. Morgan: 1811–1883 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1955); Turning Points of the Civil War (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1966); Race and Politics: "Bleeding Kansas" and the Coming of the Civil War (New York: Lippincott, 1969); and Secession: The Disruption of the American Republic, 1844–1861 (New York: Krieger, 1990). His most recent book, Abraham Lincoln and a Nation Worth Fighting For (Wheeling, Ill.: Harlan Davidson, 1996), focuses on Lincoln as a war leader and commander-in-chief.
Judith A. Rice teaches American history at Southwest Missouri State University. She specializes in the cultural and political history of nineteenth-and early twentieth-century America. Her dissertation, "Abraham Lincoln and Progressive Reform: 1890–1920," deals with the image of Lincoln among progressive reformers.