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January 15, 2015

William D. Pederson's Lincoln Lessons: Reflections on America's Greatest Leader (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009) with Frank J. Williams has been named one of the best books of the past decade on America's 16th president.  The honor is reflected in the current issue (January 2015) of the Library Journal.  The book suggests how a prominent group of Lincoln scholars encountered the Great Emancipator, how his legacy influenced their research focus, and why they consider him as central to understanding American political culture.

It is not the first time that Lincoln Lessons has attracted national attention.  In 2010, it received the Illinois State Historical Society Book Award, and then two years ago it was selected for inclusion in the three-story book sculpture located in the Abraham Lincoln Education Center directly across from Ford's Theatre in the nation's capital.  The sculpture is made up of metal replicas of recent books on Lincoln.  More books have been published on him than any other democratic leader in world history.  

Dr. Pederson is a political science professor at LSUS where he holds the American Studies Endowed Chair and director of the International Lincoln Center.  The comprehensive and multidisciplinary International Lincoln Center for American Studies is based upon a year-round cycle of events that encompass students, faculty and the community through a variety of formats that explore the American heritage and its relevance for today. Founded in the fall of 1982, it is the largest privately endowed program at LSUS and the recipient of several awards, including the Cultural Olympiad designation.    

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