The year 2009 marks the bicentennial of Abraham Lincolnís birth. In observance of President Lincolnís impact on the Northern Plains, the Forty-first Annual Dakota Conference has chosen as its theme ďAbraham Lincoln Looks West.Ē The conference has earned the endorsement of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Washington, D.C.
Proposals for papers and sessions at the Dakota Conference addressing the impact of Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln Administration on the West, particularly the Northern Plains, are welcome, as are papers and sessions addressing other themes related to the region.
Send one-page paper or session proposal with title, brief description, and biographical sketch, along with presenter name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, to Dr. Harry F. Thompson, Dakota Conference Director, The Center for Western Studies, Augustana College, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57197 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proposals are due on or before February 2, 2009. Please indicate whether you would also serve as a session chair.
During his administration, President Lincoln brought fundamental change to the Northern Plains region: appointing two Dakota Territory governors; encouraging settlement through the passage of the Homestead Act of 1862; pardoning hundreds of Dakota Sioux following the Dakota Conflict of 1862; and authorizing the transcontinental railroad in 1864. Each of these developments resulted in controversy and repercussions that affect both indigenous peoples and immigrant descendants to this day.
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