New Topics in Lincoln Studies
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This seminar will address some of the many themes, big and small, which the previous three seminars on Lincoln have not mentioned, or barely noticed. These include mid-Victorian anthropology and how Lincoln may have understood it; new evidence about the famed condolence letter to Mrs. Bixby; the murder mystery that Lincoln wrote; how and why the demographics of Washington, D.C. were altered by the Civil War; and the ever-changing views and news about Mary Lincoln -- among other topics. No previous reading or attendance in these Lincoln seminars is required. As in 2017, one part of a class period will be shared with Terry Moran’s class, this year for a comparison of Lincoln’s Supreme Court nominees and Donald Trump’s nominee(s).
James M. Cornelius ‘81, a native of Minneapolis, was educated at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc. and at the University of Illinois – Urbana. He has been an editor and writer in New York City and a visiting assistant professor at the U of I Library. He is the Secretary of the Abraham Lincoln Association, founded in 1908, the largest private organization dedicated to Lincoln studies; edits their newsletter; and has been researching and publishing about Lincoln for more than 20 years. Most recently he edited and co-authored the Official Commemorative Guide to the Presidential Museum (2011; reprinted 2013); oversaw publication and introduced Gettysburg Replies (2015), a showcase of original short essays about Lincoln or current affairs by 100 famous people; and co-authored Under His Hat: 100 Great Lincoln Items (2016).