Skip Navigation

UNL News Blog

Thomas book named 2012 Lincoln Prize Finalist

William Thomas, professor and chair of the Department of History and John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities, has been named a finalist for the 2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for his book “The Iron Way: Railroads, the Civil War, and the Making of Modern America.” The Lincoln Prize is the top book prize in Civil War studies and is awarded by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Six finalists were chosen from 116 nominations.

The honor is generally given to books that focus specifically on Lincoln or the Civil War soldier — the last four winners have been Lincoln biographies. Thomas’ book is an outgrowth of the “Railroads and the Making of Modern America” digital archive project. The book illuminates the critical impact of railroad construction, railroad management and the boost railroads provided to regional development during and after the Civil War era.

Thomas is a past recipient of the Lincoln Prize. In 2001, he won the prestigious honor along with fellow historians Edward Ayers and Anne Rubin for “The Valley of the Shadow” digital history project.

– Jean Ortiz Jones, University Communications

Comments are closed.