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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Michael Burlingame gift

I asked for Michael Burlingame's two-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln as a Father's Day gift, and I got it. I am so thrilled. It is called Abraham Lincoln: A Life. This new academic look at Lincoln is said to supplant the volumes written by Carl Sandburg in the early and middle parts of the 20th century. I am especially interested in reading about Lincoln's years in Springfield, Ill., which is where I live. Burlingame has just become the the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, where I work. I love to tell our students what it is to study in the city where Lincoln walked. I live less than two miles from Lincoln's home and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. I love to walk in those areas, which always remind me of Lincoln's humanity as well as his greatness.

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