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|Our lack of modesty prevents us from not posting this from the Register-Mail newspaper in Galesburg, Illinois (wherever that may be!) :
Wilson 'hidden star' of Lincoln documentary
Monday, January 16, 2006
GALESBURG - A History Channel documentary on Abraham Lincoln will feature an interview with Douglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. The program "Lincoln" will be shown at 7 p.m. today on the History Channel, channel 52 on the Insight cable system in Galesburg.
The program features interviews with Wilson and other leading Lincoln scholars and historians, including Gore Vidal, Harold Holzer and Jay Winik.
The program "focuses primarily ... on the hidden demons which Lincoln bore ... and how they affected him," wrote one reviewer on the web site Civil War Interactive. The reviewer, Joe Avalon, also calls Wilson "the hidden star" of the program.
Both Avalon and Laurie Chambliss, another reviewer for Civil War Interactive, compare Wilson to Shelby Foote, a novelist and historian who gained fame as the narrator of the 1990 PBS production, "The Civil War."
Wilson is the author of a book about Lincoln's pre-presidential years, "Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln," which has won both the Barondess/Lincoln Award from the Civil War Roundtable and the Abraham Lincoln Institute's Book Prize. Wilson taught English at Knox from 1961 to 1997. He also has been Saunders Director of the International Center for Jefferson Studies.
Wilson and his colleague at the Lincoln Studies Center, Rodney Davis, are working on a series of books about Lincoln for the University of Illinois Press. The series includes a new edition of William Herndon's 19th-century biography of Lincoln and a new edition of the texts of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Reviews at Civil War Interactive: