Allan Kulikoff, Abraham Baldwin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, University of Georgia, is currently working on several projects. “The Many Masks of Benjamin Franklin,” from which his article is taken, will be a biographical interpretation of Franklin’s life, based on a fresh reading of Franklin’s writings and those of his contemporaries. He is also working on a short interpretation of the American Revolutionary War, emphasizing its violence and significance in later history and political memory, and a big analysis of Franklin in popular culture, 1790 to the present, entitled “Benjamin Franklin and the American Dream.”
Richard Macmaster (University of Florida) is long retired but still working at his trade. He has been co-editor of the Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies since 2000. His most recent publications are Scotch-Irish Merchants in Colonial America: The Flaxseed Trade and Emigration from Ireland, 1718–1775 (Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2013) and as editor with Frank Ferguson, Ulster-Scots and America: Diaspora Literature, History, and Migration, 1750–2000 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014). He studied at Fordham and Georgetown and taught at Western Carolina, James Madison, and Bluffton before settling in Gainesville, Florida. A grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission supported research for this study in the Pennsylvania State Archives and is gratefully acknowledged.
Judith Scheffler is professor of English at West Chester University, where she teaches courses in professional writing and American literature. She is the editor of Wall Tappings: An International Anthology of Women’s Prison Writings, 200 A.D. to the Present, 2nd ed. (Feminist Press, 2002). She holds a PhD in American literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Her publications include “‘. . . there was difficulty and danger on every side’: The Family and Business Leadership of Rebecca Lukens,” Pennsylvania History 66, no. 3 (Summer 1999).
Harvey Strum is a professor of history and political science at the Sage College of Albany. His doctorate in history is from Syracuse University, 1978. From November 2012 to November 2013 he was president of the Northeastern Political Science Association, and he is section chair for international relations [End Page 407] for the New York State Political Science Association. In October he delivered a paper, “1812: Outbreak of War in New York and New Jersey,” at the New England Historical Association Conference. His most recent publication was “Creating a Community: Jews of Schenectady” in the National Social Science Journal (2012). His previous publications include studies of Irish famine relief in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, and South Carolina. Strum is currently at work on an article on American aid to Ireland during the American Civil War and on another article on American aid during the Little Famine of 1879–82. Also, his publications include studies of the political impact of the War of 1812 in New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island; studies of the embargo in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Maine; and articles on Jewish refugees interned during World War II in the South and at Fort Ontario, Oswego, New York. [End Page 408]