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Faculty Author Series: Allen Guelzo


Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America by Allen Guelzo

This book is a history of the genesis, issuance, and aftermath of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The recovery of the Union, not emancipation, was foremost in Lincoln's mind during the Civil War. He convinced himself that options other than emancipation, such as treating escaping slaves as contraband of war or compensating slaveholders for their freed slaves, were unworkable. The history of the political and legal reasoning behind Lincoln's series of decisions is the underlying theme of Allen Guelzo's book. The first two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize and Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize, Guelzo portrays Lincoln not so much as the deeply compassionate and thoughtful man he was but rather as a man of inordinate understanding of his fellow citizens and the needs of his fractured nation.

Allen Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and a professor of history at Gettysburg College. He is formerly Dean of the Templeton Honors College and the Grace F. Kea Professor of American History at Eastern University. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Div. from Philadelphia Theological Seminary, and an honorary doctorate in history from Lincoln College in Illinois.

Guelzo's essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in publications ranging from the American Historical Review and Wilson Quarterly to newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer and Wall Street Journal. In 2000, his book Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President won both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize. He did it again in 2005 with his book, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, making him the first double Lincoln Laureate in the history of both prizes.

Guelzo has received several teaching and writing awards, including the American Library Association Choice Award, Albert C. Outler Prize in Ecumenical Church History, and Dean's Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania.

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