Author: Allen C. Guelzo

Allen Carl Guelzo (b. 1953) is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College. Born in Yokohama, Japan, he earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Pennsylvania. An Abraham Lincoln scholar, Guelzo is a two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize, earning the award in 2000 for his book Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999) and in 2005 for Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (2004). In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities. Guelzo’s books include, among others, Edwards on the Will: A Century of Theological Debate (1989), The Crisis of the American Republic: A History of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era (1995), and, most recently, Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction (2012).

Hero, Standing

Allen C. Guelzo

Although Guelzo’s speech is about Lincoln and the commemorative statue, his discussion of the heroic raises questions that we can apply also to Washington—to whom Lincoln is so often compared and linked—and to our ways of picturing of him in art.