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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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Journal of American History marks Lincoln centennial with special issue

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Sept. 22, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- "Has the Lincoln Theme Been Exhausted?" the historian James G. Randall asked in a 1936 essay. Not then, and not now. The Journal of American History makes the point this month with a special issue marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of America's 16th president.

More than 70 years after Randall raised the question, "there has never been a more active or creative period in Lincoln studies," writes Civil War historian Matthew Pinsker in an assessment of Lincoln scholarship that leads off a round table on Lincoln scholarship.

Abraham Lincoln at 200: History and Historiography is the title of the September 2009 issue of the journal, published at Indiana University by the Organization of American Historians.

The issue also includes a round table on "Lincoln Studies at the Bicentennial," with essays by Pinsker, Edward L. Ayers, Catherine Clinton, Michael F. Holt, Mark E. Neely Jr. and Douglas L. Wilson; and a conversation by 11 scholars on "The Global Lincoln."

In the JAH Podcast for September 2009, editor Ed Linenthal speaks with Pinsker about his state-of-the-field article, "Lincoln Theme 2.0." Civil War historian Pinsker is an associate professor at Dickinson College and a lecturer in the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship series.

The issue and links to podcasts and other materials are online at

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