LSU Shreveport Professor Edits New Book on Lincoln
December 08, 2010
LSU Shreveport Professor William D. Pederson has edited a new book, "Abraham Lincoln Without Borders: Lincoln's Legacy Outside the United States." It is being released December 15 at Panjab University in India during the opening of the annual International Forum on Contemporary Theory.
The hardcover volume is a collection of new essays by Asian and American scholars on Lincoln's legacy in Asia, Australia and Latin America. The book is co-edited by Sura P. Rath, the director of the University College at the University of North Texas in Dallas. It is the first book covering Lincoln's legacy with more than a dozen nations from the late 19th Century until today.
According to Pederson, one finds Lincoln's name and image on schools, streets, stamps and statues in these countries, as well as in their political cultures. "It's quite amazing to find these tributes to someone who was in office for less than five years from the mid-nineteenth century, never travelled abroad, nor published a book." Pederson stated.
The book grew out of the only conference in Asia during the five-year bicentennial observation of Lincoln's birth in 2009.
Pederson is a political science professor and the director of the International Lincoln Center at LSU Shreveport. Pederson also holds the LSU Shreveport American Studies Distinguished Chair.
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