Professor Louis Masur is Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He is a cultural historian whose publications include books on capital punishment, the events of a single year, the first World Series, a transformative photograph, and a seminal rock ‘n’ roll album. His most recent work focuses on Lincoln and the Civil War and includes Lincoln's Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunion (2015) and Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (2012). He is also the author of The Civil War: A Concise History (2011). Masur’s essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, and Los Angeles Times. He has also written for the American Scholar, Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon, and Slate. He approaches culture as a text that must be unpacked. Masur has been elected to membership of the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Society of American Historians. He currently serves on the Historians’ Council of the Gettysburg Foundation.