In appropriate surroundings, a Kansas University history professor Thursday won the 1995 Lincoln Prize for a book about President Abraham Lincoln.
Phillip Paludan accepted the prestigious award for excellence in Civil War studies during a ceremony in Philadelphia sponsored by the Gettysburg College Lincoln and Soldiers Institute of Gettysburg, Pa.
He was honored for writing "The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln," which examined Lincoln's ability to achieve divergent goals with strategies that confounded traditional political classification.
For example, he saw as one the goal of saving the Union and freeing the slaves.
Paludan received $35,000 and a bronze bust of Lincoln.
The book was published in 1994 by University Press of Kansas, which is the only publisher to have had two authors win the Lincoln Prize. Writer Albert Castel won in 1993.
Ken Burns, producer of the acclaimed Public Broadcasting System series, "The Civil War," was the first recipient of the Lincoln Prize in 1991.
This year's winner was chosen from among 100 entries. They included books, films, videos, audio tapes, maps and museum exhibits.
Paludan's book on Lincoln was a selection of the Book of the Month Club, History Book Club and Military History Book Club.
At KU, he teaches constitutional history and the Civil War era as well as general U.S. history. He's been on the faculty since 1968.