Plagiarism Accusation of Author of Lincoln Biography

TitlePlagiarism Accusation of Author of Lincoln Biography
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate Authorsof Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published03/1997
PublisherCenter for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology
Publication Languageeng
Keywordshistory , plagiarism
AbstractIn 1992 a controversy arose involving a charge of plagiarism made at a meeting of the American Historical Association in connection with a biography of Abraham Lincoln that had been written several years earlier by a professor of history. Another history professor who suspected plagiarism arranged to have the book run though a computer program that scans and compares texts for similar passages. The computer check indicated 175 instances of short passages (e.g. two or three sentences long) that closes matched those in another biography written forty years earlier. A special panel appointed under the auspices of the American Historical Association reviewed the case. Did the author commit plagiarism deserving of censure by the American Historical Association? If so, why? If not, why not?
NotesCase from the March 6, 1997 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright Robert Ladenson, Center for the Study of Ethics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1997.
URLhttp://ethics.iit.edu/EEL/Lincoln%20.pdf
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