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Citadel News Service
22 Jan 2009

Author Vernon Burton presents “Lincoln as Southerner”

Author Vernon Burton will kick off the spring 2009 Fulghum Lecture Series with his discussion entitled “Lincoln as Southerner” at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 in The Citadel’s Bond Hall, Room 165.

All Fulghum lectures are free and open to the public. Book signings are scheduled after each gathering. The lecture will be based on Burton’s award-winning 2007 book “The Age of Lincoln.”

"Professor Burton's masterfully written ‘The Age of Lincoln’ has been hailed as the best account of the civil war era to be published in the last 20 years,” said Winfred B. Moore, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. “It provides fresh insights into the ways in which the southern-born Lincoln managed the greatest crisis in U.S. History, steered America into new directions, and, in the process, provides lessons to our new President Barack Obama.”

Created to promote a better understanding of the American South and to help prepare students to be principled leaders, the Fulghum Lecture Series is part of the Southern Studies Program in the Department of History at The Citadel. The series is named after its benefactor, Leonard C. Fulghum, Jr. of Charleston, Citadel class of 1951. Fulghum is member emeritus of The Citadel Board of Visitors and president of Lenwall Enterprises, Inc. He served on The Citadel Board of Visitors from 1977 to 2002 and was board chairman from 2000 to 2002.

Burton was born in Royston, Ga. and was raised in Ninety Six, S.C. He graduated from Furman University and received his Ph.D. in American history from Princeton University in 1976. He is a professor of history and sociology at the University of Illinois and serves as the director of the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Burton is the author of more than 100 articles and the author or editor of 14 books.

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