Abe LincolnEdna Greene Medford became a historian at a time when the legacy of Abraham Lincoln had lost some of its luster in the African American community. So she said she never had any plans to specialize on Lincoln. But Professor Medford can credit C-SPAN for changing those plans, and today she is one of the country’s leading historians on Lincoln, as well as on 19th Century African American history. To find out how she changed the course of her studies and discovered a more complicated Lincoln than she imagined, check out the story that I wrote about her, Seeking the Real Lincoln.

 By Doug Peterson

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