Lessons from Lincoln ― An Alumni Day Panel Discussion
James M. McPherson, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Emeritus, Princeton University; Allen C. Guelzo, 2010-11 Garwood Teaching Fellow, Department of Politics, Princeton University, Professor of History and Civil War Era Studies, Gettysburg College
Moderator: Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Allen C. Guelzo is a 2010-11 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow and Garwood Visiting Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is also Professor of History and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, which won the Lincoln Prize for 2000, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, which won the Lincoln Prize for 2005, and Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America, which won the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize for 2008. His most recent work on Lincoln is Abraham Lincoln As A Man of Ideas (a collection of essays published in 2009 by Southern Illinois University Press) and Lincoln, a volume in Oxford University Press's 'Very Short Introductions' series (2009). His articles and essays have appeared in scholarly journals, and also in The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been featured on NPR, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, Brian's Lamb's BookNotes, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In September 2005 he was nominated by President Bush to the National Council on the Humanities. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.
James M. McPherson taught at Princeton for forty-two years, from 1962 to his retirement in 2004. He is now the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of American History Emeritus. He has written about 15 books and edited another 10, mostly on the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Several of his books have won prizes, most notably the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era and two Lincoln Prizes (1998 and 2009) for For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War and Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. He has served as president of the Society of American Historians and the American Historical Association, and is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.