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JAMES G. BASKER is President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Oxbridge Academic Programs, and Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History at Barnard College, Columbia University. He was educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He has published several books, including Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery 1660-1810 (2002), Early American Abolitionists: A Collection of Anti-Slavery Writings 1760-1820 (2005), and American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation (2012). As President of Gilder Lehrman since 1997, Basker has overseen the development of history education initiatives nationwide, including history high schools, teacher seminars, traveling exhibitions, digital archives, and the national history teacher of the year award program. Professor Basker is also the founder and President of OxBridge Academic Programs, which for the past twenty-five years has sponsored academic summer programs and teacher seminars in Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Barcelona, and New York.

As President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Basker has overseen the development of history education initiatives nationwide, including history high schools, teacher seminars, traveling exhibitions, publication series, scholarly fellowships, research centers, and national history teacher of the year awards. In 2004, he was Project Director for “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” at the New-York Historical Society, the largest exhibition on Hamilton ever mounted. A former fellowship holder at the American Antiquarian Society, Yale University, and Cambridge University, Basker is an elected member of the Society of American Historians, and a trustee of both the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute at Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale.

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