Speaker Info: Professor of History and the Director of the Clemson Cyberinstitute. From 2008-2010, he was the Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University. He was the founding Director of the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (ICHASS) at the University of Illinois, where he is emeritus University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar and Professor of History, African American Studies, and Sociology. At the University of Illinois, he chairs the ICHASS advisory board and is also a Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Burton served as interim president of the Board of Directors of the Congressional National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and is currently vice-chair. He has 16 authored or edited books and more than one hundred eighty articles. The Age of Lincoln (2007) won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Literary Award for Nonfiction and was selected for Book of the Month Club, History Book Club, and Military Book Club. In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions: Family and Community in Edgefield, South Carolina (1985) was featured at sessions of the Southern Historical Association and the Social Science History Association annual meetings.
Lecture Topic: The Emancipation Proclamation cannot be separated from the Gettysburg Address and the 13th Amendment. But controversy still surrounds the Emancipation Proclamation: was it for justice or was it a desperate war time measure?
Lincoln believed that the Emancipation Proclamation was the central act of his administration and the great event of the nineteenth century, but actually it was Lincoln¹s understanding of liberty that became the greatest legacy of
the age. Moreover, because liberty requires education, and education demands liberty, the newly freed people demanded and created educational opportunity.