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Pulitzer Prize winner to lecture on Lincoln as commander in chief

March 22, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Civil War expert will give a lecture on "Tried by War: Lincoln as Commander in Chief" on Wednesday, April 21, at Montana State University.

James M. McPherson will speak at 7 p.m. in the ballrooms of MSU's Strand Union Building. The lecture is open to the general public. Tickets cost $5 and are available from the Bobcat Ticket Office (994-2287).

McPherson won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, "Battle Cry of Freedom," published in 1989. Another of his books, "For Cause and Comrades," received the Lincoln Prize in 1998. McPherson was co-winner of the Lincoln Prize in 2009 for his book, "Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief."

A North Dakota native, McPherson was named the 2000 Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The honor recognized him for helping millions of American better understand the meaning and legacy of the American Civil War. In 2007, he was awarded the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military history.

McPherson is the George Henry Davis ‛86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton. He is a member of the editorial board of Encyclopedia Britannica. He was president of the American Historical Association in 2003.

McPherson's lecture at MSU is sponsored by the MSU Humanities Institute, Phi Kappa Phi, MSU's College of Letters and Science and the Department of History and Philosophy.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu