About Brian Dirck

Brian is going to present on his latest project, a book entitled “The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death,” due out in September of this year. He has some good material on how Lincoln handled the deaths of his two sons, how he coped with the deaths of all those men during the Civil War, and whether or not Lincoln believed in ghosts and séances, too!

Brian Richard Dirck

Brian DirckBrian Dirck is a Professor of History at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He received his B.A. in history at the University of Central Arkansas, an M.A. in history at Rice University, and a Ph.D. in history at the University of Kansas. His scholarship has focused on the American Civil War era, in particular the life and career of Abraham Lincoln. His first book, Lincoln and Davis: Imagining America, 1809-1865 offered a comparative analysis of the two Civil War presidents. He has since published Lincoln the Lawyer, a study of Lincoln’s legal career which received the Barondess Award from the New York Civil War Roundtable as the best book on Abraham Lincoln published in 2007, and he has edited Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race. In 2012 he released two books, Lincoln and the Constitution, and Abraham Lincoln and White America. He has also written numerous articles, and spoken at Harvard University, the National Archives in Washington DC, the Lincoln Forum in Springfield, Illinois, and Gettysburg’s Civil War Institute.

Dr. Dirck has served at Anderson University since 1998.