Stephen Berry is Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era at the University of Georgia where his teaching and research focus on life and death in the nineteenth-century South. Berry is Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Historical Association; co-director, with Claudio Saunt, of the Center for Virtual History; and co-editor, with Amy Murrell Taylor, of the UnCivil Wars series at the University of Georgia Press. He is the author or editor of eight books on the Civil War Era South.
"I cannot see why all you artists want a likeness of me," Lincoln told one photographer in 1858, “unless it is because I am the homeliest man in the State of Illinois." Despite his unusual looks (or perhaps because of them), Lincoln’s face is now one of the most recognizable in the world. Come learn what Lincoln and his contemporaries thought of his face, along with other fascinating facts, as historian Stephen Berry takes you behind the scenes of some of the Civil War's most iconic portraits to explain how photography changed the face of both politics and war in the United States.