Martin Carlino, a junior at Patchogue-Medford High School, has been awarded the first prize in a national Civil War Essay contest sponsored by the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Civil War Round Table of New York.
Carlino’s paper, entitled 'President Lincoln’s Influence Over the Northern Press', was a twenty-five-page essay that incorporated research from hundreds of primary and secondary sources such as speeches, letters, newspaper articles and other documents. The paper explored the dynamic relationship between President Lincoln and the press during the nation’s most divisive conflict.
Carlino was honored alongside 2011 Lincoln Prize winning author Eric Foner at the awards dinner at the Union League in Manhattan on May 11.
Along with a $1000 prize, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will publish Carlino’s paper online.