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Christopher W. Anderson is a second-year master’s student in the Department of History at Northern Illinois University. He is currently completing a thesis that explores the role of the non-Mormon minority within early Mormon communities.

Ed Bradley received his doctorate in American History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A former employee of Harpweek, LLC, and The Clarence Mitchell, Jr., Papers, he is currently an assistant editor with The Papers of Abraham Lincoln. His first book, “We Never Retreat”: Filibustering Expeditions into Spanish Texas, 1812–1822, was published in February 2015 by Texas A&M University Press.

John Milton Cooper, Jr., is E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions, Emeritus, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has concentrated in the half-century from the end of Reconstruction to the aftermath of World War I, with special attention to Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

John F. Marszalek is Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, and Executive Director and Managing Editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association’s Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, Misssissippi State University. His latest books are The Best Writings of Ulysses S. Grant and Lincoln and the Military.

Edna Greene Medford is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Howard University in Washington, DC. She is the author of Lincoln and Emancipation and other studies that focus on the Civil War era. Professor Medford is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Association and several other organizations that are devoted to the study of our sixteenth president.

Barry Schwartz is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Georgia. For many years, he has pressed the changing image of Abraham Lincoln to the problem of understanding the relations among collective memory, history, and commemoration. Throughout these works appear the themes of national unity, disunity, and remembrance, tension between social continuity and change, and the enduring need of individuals to find orientation and meaning for their lives by invoking, embracing, rejecting, revising, and judging the past.

Jason H. Silverman is the Ellison Capers Palmer, Jr., Professor of History at Winthrop University. His most recent book, Lincoln and the Immigrant (2015), is the first full-length study published on that topic. He is currently working on a companion volume, which will examine Lincoln’s nineteenth-century international reputation.

Samuel Wheeler is Research Historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. In addition to teaching at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Benedictine University, he has served in various public history institutions, including the Old State Capitol, Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, and the Sangamon County Historical Society, as well as two documentary editing projects, the Lincoln Legal Papers and The Papers of Abraham Lincoln.