June 14, 2017

SIU Press author to speak in Springfield about Abraham Lincoln’s father

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The author of a book in the Southern Illinois University Press series the “Concise Lincoln Library” will visit the capital of “the Land of Lincoln” to talk about Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood in Indiana. 

SIU Press author Brian Dirck, professor of history at Anderson University in Indiana, is part of a roundtable group focused on Lincoln’s father, Thomas. The event, “Thomas Lincoln Reconsidered,” is part of the Summer Porch Chat at the Iles House in Springfield. The house is at 628 S. 7th Street.  The discussion begins at 7 p.m. on June 23 and is free and open to the public.

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Dirck is available for interviews, including on-air interviews. He can be contacted at 317/402-0972 or bdirck@anderson.edu or through Catherine Hoekstra, SIU Press publicist, at 618/453-6623 or siupresspublicity@siu.edu.

Dirck is the author of “Lincoln in Indiana,” an account of Lincoln’s boyhood in southern Indiana and, in particular, his troubled relationship with his father. In his book, Dirck describes Lincoln’s relationship with his immediate and extended family and sets Thomas Lincoln in his historical era.  In addition to the focus on the Lincoln family, Dirck writes about the typical lifestyle of frontier families in the Pigeon Creek area of Indiana. 

Dirck is also the author “Lincoln and the Constitution,” another book in the SIU Press “Concise Lincoln Library” series. He is a contributing writer of the SIU Press volume “The Mary Lincoln Enigma: Historians on America’s Most Controversial First Lady.”