Contributors to this Issue

Kim Matthew Bauerhas a Bachelor's and Master's degree in history from Eastern Illinois University as well as completion in his graduate studies for the Master's degree in library science from Northern Illinois University. He has held his current position as Historical Research Specialist for the Henry Horner Lincoln Collection at the Illinois State Historical Library for the past four years. Mr. Bauer is also assistant editor of the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association. He was the Chief Preservation Officer for the award-winning exhibit "The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America." Mr. Bauer is the author of a half-dozen articles and book reviews concerning President Lincoln and was a keynote speaker at the Lincoln Fellowship of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the George Painter Lecture Series at the Lincoln Home National Historic site this past year.

William D. Beardwas the assistant editor, Lincoln Legal Papers: A Documentary History of the Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, 1836–1861, from 1985 until spring of 1998. He is the author of several articles about Lincoln's law practice, the most recent being "Lincoln's Jarndyce v Jarndyce: A Family Dispute on the Illinois Frontier," in the Spring 1994 issue of The Lincoln Newsletter. He is completing his doctoral dissertation, "Through the Eyes of Abraham Lincoln: Law in Antebellum Illinois," at Louisiana State University under the direction of Professor William J. Cooper, Jr.

Ronald D. Rietveldis professor of history, California State University, Fullerton. He has written extensively on Lincoln, the antebellum period, Civil War and Reconstruction, and the history of religion in America. His most recent writings appear as selections in A Day with Mr. Lincoln (1994) and Abraham Lincoln: Sources and Style of Leadership (1994). He is working on a new study, "The Lincoln White House Community."

Brooks D. Simpsonis professor of history and humanities at Arizona State University. He is author of several books on the Civil War and Reconstruction era, including Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861–1868 (1991), The Political Education of Henry Adams (1996), and America's Civil War (1996). His most recent book is The Reconstruction Presidents (1998). He is at work on a full-length biography of Ulysses S. Grant and a shorter biographical sketch of Abraham Lincoln.

Thomas R. Turneris a professor of history at Bridgewater State College. His publications include Beware the People Weeping: Public Opinion and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and The Many Faces of Lincoln: Selected Articles from the Lincoln Herald, co-edited with Charles Hubbard and Steven Rogstad. He is the president of the Lincoln Group of Boston and the editor-in-chief of the Lincoln Herald.