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About the Authors

James Oakes has published several books and numerous articles on slavery and antislavery in the nineteenth century, including The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics (2007), winner of the Lincoln Prize in 2008. Professor Oakes has previously taught at Princeton and Northwestern Universities, and he is now Distinguished Professor of History and Graduate School Humanities Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. In 2008 he was a fellow at the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library. His current writing involves a history of emancipation during the Civil War.

Michael McGerr is Paul V. McNutt Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University-Bloomington. He is the author of The Decline of Popular Politics: The American North, 1865-1928 (1986) and A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement, 1870-1920 (2003). He is writing "The Public Be Damned": The Vanderbilts and the Unmaking of the Ruling Class. The recipient of a year-long fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Professor McGerr has won numerous teaching awards at Indiana, where his courses include the U.S. survey, race and gender in American business, war in modern American history, the politics of American popular music, the Sixties, and American pleasure wars. He has previously taught at Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the B.A., M.A, and Ph.D. from Yale.

Jan Ellen Lewis is Professor of History and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University, Newark. She also teaches in the history PhD program at Rutgers, New Brunswick, and was a Visiting Professor of History at Princeton. A specialist in colonial and early national history, she is the author of The Pursuit of Happiness: Family and Values in Jefferson's Virginia (1983) as well as numerous articles and reviews. She has co-edited of An Emotional History of the United States (1998), Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture (1999), and The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic (2002). She has served on the editorial board of the American Historical Review and as chair of the New Jersey Historical Commission. She received her AB from Bryn Mawr College and MAs and PhD from the University of Michigan.

Nick Cullather is a historian of U.S. foreign relations at Indiana University. He is author of two books on nation-building, Illusions of Influence (1994) a study of U.S-Philippines relations and Secret History (1999 and 2006), a history of the CIA's overthrow of the Guatemalan government in 1954. His current work includes Calories and Cold War: America's Quest to Feed the World.  He received his PhD from the University of Virginia.

Jeanne Boydston was Robinson-Edwards Professor of American History University of Wisconsin-Madison. A specialist in the histories of gender and labor, she was the author of Home and Work: Housework, Wages, and the Ideology of Labor in the Early American Republic (1990); co-author of The Limits of Sisterhood: The Beecher Sisters on Women's Rights and Woman's Sphere (1988), and co-editor of Root of Bitterness: Documents in the Social History of American Women, Second Edition (1996). Her most recent article is "Gender as a Category of Historical Analysis," Gender History (2008). She taught courses in women''s and gender history, the histories of the early republic and the antebellum United States, and global and comparative history, and she was the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and mentoring. Her BA and MA were from the University of Tennessee, and her PhD was from Yale University.

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