Lloyd E. Ambrosius
Between 7 and 9 September 2000, the Department of History of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln held its first Carroll R. Pauley Memorial Endowment Symposium on the topic “Biography and Historical Analysis.” We invited six prominent historians in various fields to reflect on their experiences as biographers. From their different perspectives, these scholars offered their insights into the writing of biography as a form of historical analysis. Professors Shirley A. Leckie of the University of Central Florida, R. Keith Schoppa of Loyola College of Maryland, Retha M. Warnicke of Arizona State University, John Milton Cooper Jr. of the University of Wisconsin—Madison, Nell Irvin Painter of Princeton University, and Robert J. Richards of the University of Chicago presented their original scholarly papers at the symposium. This volume is the product of their work.
Chosen because of the diversity of their perspectives on the symposium's theme-a reflection of their various personal and academic backgrounds, fields of expertise, and methodological approaches-these six scholars offered a broad range of interpretations. The three women had written biographical studies of women from different social classes in England and the United States. Their subjects included U.S. soldiers' wives and a historian, English queens, and an African American slave who became a leading feminist and abolitionist. Like their female subjects,