Gettysburg College's Civil War Era Studies Professor Allen Guelzo appeared on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Guelzo talked about his newly released book, "Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America."
Guelzo's book dramatizes and underscores the historical significance of the 1858 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, a contest between Republican Lincoln and the Democrat incumbent Sen. Stephen A. Douglas. Across Illinois, Lincoln and Douglas met seven times to debate the principal issue dividing the nation: the future of slavery. While Lincoln lost the election, he gained a national prominence that propelled him into the presidency after a rematch with Douglas in 1860.
The book was reviewed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in the Wall Street Journal on Feb. 14 and was featured in the New York Times on Feb. 20. Simon & Schuster is the book's publisher. Guelzo also published an op-ed on the debates in the Washington Post on Feb. 3.
In addition, Guelzo took part in the White House's commemoration of the 199th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush hosted the event Feb. 10. Video, photos, and transcripts are at the White House website.
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.
From left to right: Gettysburg College students Brandon Roos and Brian Jordan, Guelzo's research assistants, met with Jon Stewart prior to the show.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,700 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2008
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