HAROLD M. HYMAN was born in New York City in 1924. After taking his A.B. degree at the University of California at Los Angeles, he did graduate work at Columbia University, and his doctoral dissertation, Era of the Oath: Northern Loyalty Tests During the Civil War and Reconstruction, won the American Historical Association's Albert J. Beveridge Award in 1952. He has taught at Earlham College in Indiana, at Arizona State University, at UCLA, at the University of Illinois, and is now William Hobby Professor of American History at Rice University in Texas. In 1959 he received the Sidney Hillman Award for his To Try Men's Souls: Loyalty Tests in American History. In 1962 he published a biography of Edwin McMasters Stanwn, Lincoln's Secretary of War, begun by Benjamin P. Thomas before his death. In 1969 he was the editor of Heard Round the World: The Impact of the Civil War Abroad. Mr. Hyman is married, and is the father of two daughters and a son.