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In July 2007, Edward Ayers assumed the presidency of the University of Richmond. Named National Professor of the Year in 2003, Ayers has written and edited 10 books. "The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction" was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. "In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America" won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history. Ayers also created "The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War," a Web site that has attracted millions of visitors.
Close Ira Berlin, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History, University of Maryland and the founder of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project is the author of four books on slavery, including, the multiple-prize winning "Many Thousands Gone: the First Two Centuries of Slavery in America."
Close David W. Blight is Class of '54 Professor of American History and Director, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery and Abolition, Yale University. He is the author of "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory," and the forthcoming "Fivescore Years Ago: Searching for America at the Civil War Centennial."
Close Historian, author, curator and educator, Lonnie G. Bunch, III is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. He is working to set the museum’s mission, coordinate its fund raising and develop its collections. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him to the Commission for the Preservation of the White House.
Close Ken Burns is the director, producer, co-writer, chief cinematographer, music director and executive producer of the landmark television series The Civil War which garnered more than 40 film and television awards, including two Emmys, two Grammys and the prestigious Lincoln Prize. This film was the highest rated series in the history of American Public Television and attracted an audience of 40 million during its premiere in September 1990.
Close Gary W. Gallagher, the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia, is the author or editor of more than 30 books. His publications include "The Union War" (forthcoming, Harvard University Press, 2011), "Causes Won," "Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War" (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), "Lee and His Generals in War and Memory" (Louisiana State University Press, 1998), and "The Confederate War" (Harvard University Press). Active in the field of historic preservation, he was a founder and first president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites.
Close Brent D. Glass, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, oversaw the renovation of the building in 2008 and and the addition of more than 20 exhibitions, including “Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life.” Before joining the Smithsonian, Glass was executive director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in Harrisburg, Pa., from 1987 to 2002.
Close Robert Lee Hodge is a reenactor who played a major role in the best-selling book "Confederates in the Attic," by Tony Horwitz, and appears on the cover. He has organized battlefield preservation fund-raisers and serves on the board of directors of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, an organization that has protected hundreds of acres near Fredericksburg. He is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who has also appeared in many historical films and TV programs and was a principal researcher on Time-Life Books 18-volume series "Voices of the Civil War" and "The Illustrated History of the Civil War." He has written about war-related matters for various publications.
Close Harold Holzer, a leading authority on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, is Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization of the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which he co-chaired for nine years. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 36 books, most recently "Lincoln President-Elect." Holzer has won many research, writing, and lifetime achievement awards, including the 2008 National Endowment Medal from the President of the United States. A former journalist, and political and government press secretary (for both Congresswoman Bella Abzug and Governor Mario Cuomo), Holzer serves as Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Close Chandra Manning teaches 19th century U.S. history, including classes on the Civil War era, at Georgetown University. Her first book, "What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War" won the Avery O. Craven Award given by the Organization of American Historians for best book on the Civil War Era, won Honorable Mention for both the Abraham Lincoln Prize and the Jefferson Davis Prize, and was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize. She is currently working on a book about slaves who ran to the Union Army during the Civil War, and then moved North.
Close John F. Marszalek is the Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of history at Mississippi State University and the executive director and managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. He is the author of seven books and co-editor of the "Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights."
Close Kate Masur teaches U.S. history at Northwestern University. Her research and writing focus on race and politics in the Civil War era. She is the author of "An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C." (2010). She has also published articles on the famed 1862 African American delegation to Abraham Lincoln and on what northerners meant when they called fugitives from slavery "contrabands."
Close Stephanie McCurry, the undergraduate chair of the history department of the University of Pennsylvania, is a specialist in 19th century American history, with a focus on the American South and the Civil War era. She is the author of two books, including "Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South" (Harvard UP 2010).
Close Edna Greene Medford is a professor and chairperson of the Department of History at Howard University, where for the last 23 years she has specialized in 19th century U.S. history. She sits on the advisory boards of the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center (Galesburg, Illinois), the Ulysses S. Grant Papers (Mississippi State University), President Lincoln’s Cottage (Washington, D.C.) and the Abraham Lincoln Foundation. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Lincoln Forum, a national organization dedicated to the study of President Lincoln and the Civil War era.
Close Mike Musick is retired from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., as Subject Area Expert for the U.S. Civil War, after 35 years with the agency.
Close Jim Campi, director of policy and communications for the Civil War Preservation Trust, is also a board member of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground and Franklin's Charge. He edited "Civil War Sites: A Guide to the Civil War Discovery Trail," and wrote "Civil War Battlefields Then and Now."
Close Waite Rawls has been the Executive Director of the Museum of the Confederacy since January 2004. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute, a Trustee of the Camp Foundation and a former Trustee of the Civil War Preservation Trust. A native of Franklin, Virginia, he joined the Franklin Civil War Roundtable at age 9. He has a BA from the Virginia Military Institute and his MBA and JD from the University of Virginia.
Close Carol Sheriff is the Class of 2013 Professor of History at the College of William and Mary. Her publications include "A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America's Civil War, 1854-1877," co-authored with Scott Reynolds Nelson.
Close Dana B. Shoaf is the editor of Civil War Times magazine and executive editor of Civil War Titles for the Weider History Group, the largest publisher of history magazines in the world. He has consulted on state and national Civil War projects and is a frequent speaker on Civil War topics.
Close John Stauffer is Chair of the History of American Civilization and Professor of English and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Among the leading scholars of the Civil War era, antislavery in particular, he is the author or editor of eight books and more than 50 articles. His most recent book is "Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln."
Close Dr. Craig L. Symonds, Professor Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy, was the history department chair from 1988 to 1992 and served as Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island from 1971 to 1974. He is author or editor of twenty-four books, including his 2008 book, "Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War," that won the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award.
Close Professor Joan Waugh of the UCLA History Department researches and writes about nineteenth-century America, specializing in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Gilded Age eras. Waugh has published many essays on Civil War topics, and her newest book "U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth" (University of North Carolina Press, 2009), was awarded the Jefferson Davis Book Prize from the Museum of the Confederacy and the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography from the Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York.
Close Scott Hartwig. D. Scott Hartwig is a 31-year veteran of the National Park Service and has served as Gettysburg National Military Park's supervisory historian for the past 17 years. He won the regional Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation in 1993, and has been fundamental in the growth of Gettysburg's on-site interpretation and living history programming, distance and satellite education efforts, and a key player for the design of all aspects of the new Gettysburg museum/visitor center which opened in 2008. Additionally, he has authored numerous articles, essays and books on Civil War subjects, and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel and Pennsylvania Cable Network.
Close William Blair.
Close Frank J. Williams, a retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, is one of the country's most renowned experts on Abraham Lincoln and the author or editor of 14 books on the 16th President. He has a private library and archive that ranks among the nation's largest and finest Lincoln collections. In 2000, he was appointed to the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission created by Congress. Williams has served as chairman of The Lincoln Forum since it was founded in 1996.
Close Brag Bowling is director of the Stephen D. Lee Institute and past Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, Sons of Confederate Veterans and past President of the Richmond Civil War Roundtable.
Close Dennis E. Frye, the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, has appeared on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel and A&E as a guest historian. He helped produce prize-winning television features on the Battle of Antietam and abolitionist John Brown and was an Associate Producer for the Civil War movie Gods and Generals, during which he recruited and coordinated nearly 3,000 re-enactors for the film. He is co-founder and first president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation co-founder and a former president of what is today’s Civil War Trust. His latest book is entitled "Antietam Revealed."
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Prestigious Lincoln Prize goes to Eric Foner

By Linda Wheeler

Prominent historian Eric Foner will receive the 2011 $50,000 Lincoln Prize for his book, “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery” according to an announcement this morning by prize sponsors Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. He will receive the award on May 11 at the Union League Club in New York.

Foner, the DeWitt Clinton professor of history at Columbia University, wrote in Fiery Trial about the evolving attitude of Lincoln toward slavery and slaves as the Civil War unfolded. The 16th President, who always said he abhorred slavery, initially sought to eradicate it by promoting colonization of other countries by former slaves. Later he changed that opinion and sought full citizenship for African Americans in this country.

A Kirkus review said, “Foner is particularly impressive in explaining the hesitations, backward steps and trial balloons …that preceded [Lincoln’s] embrace of emancipation.” The Library Journal wrote, “To Foner, Lincoln both operated within and transcended the politics of slavery in his day. His capacity for growth was the lodestar of his greatness as an instrument for freedom.”

The three-member Lincoln Prize jury reviewed 106 entries. They were 2010 Lincoln Prize winner Michael Burlingame; Paul Finkelman, senior fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School; and Jacqueline Jones, University of Texas at Austin history professor and author of “Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War.”

The other six finalists for the prize were each awarded an honorable mention, an unusually large number in the 21-year history of the prize. They are Kate Masur, author of “An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle Over Equality in Washington, D.C.” and a panel member of the Washington Post’s Civil War Project; Robert Bray, author of “Reading Lincoln”; Lorien Foote, author of “The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor and Manhood in the Union Army”; Mark W. Geiger, author of “Financial Fraud and Guerrilla Violence in Missouri’s Civil War, 1861-1865”; Stanley Harrold, author of “Border War: Fighting Over Slavery Before the Civil War”; and Howard Jones, author of “Blue and Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations.”

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By Linda Wheeler  | February 10, 2011; 1:44 PM ET
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Congrats to Mr. Foner! He is a great historian!

Posted by: persingerce | February 11, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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