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Renowned Lincoln scholar Current passes at age 100

NEW YORK -- Richard Nelson Current, a prolific and award-winning Abraham Lincoln scholar who for decades was a leader in his field and helped shape a more realistic view of the iconic president, has died. He was 100.

Current died Oct. 26 in Boston, fellow Lincoln historian Harold Holzer said Thursday.

Current's most influential work likely was "The Lincoln Nobody Knows," which came out in 1958.

"The book punctured such stubborn legends as that of alleged Cabinet-level complicity in the Lincoln assassination, and convincingly advanced the then-new notion that Lincoln significantly evolved on the subject of race over the years from colonizer to liberator," Holzer wrote in a tribute Thursday.

"The book influenced countless young scholars and transformed Current into a hero among historians — capable of strong, lucid prose, vast knowledge of original material, a gift for solid argumentation, and a zero tolerance for falsehood and mythification."

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