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THE CHILDREN OF LINCOLN event at Dorsey & Whitney with Bill Green

When Feb 22, 2019
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Dorsey & Whitney, 50 S 6th St., #1500, Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Green_Children coverBill Green will be at Dorsey & Whitney on Friday, February 22 at noon for a reading and signing of his new book, The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860–1876.


Framed around four white champions of African Americans in Minnesota, The Children of Lincoln reveals a little known but critical chapter in the state’s history as it intersects with the broader account of race in America. It reveals a pattern of racial paternalism, describing how even “enlightened” white Northerners would come to embrace policies that reinforced a notion of black inferiority.


"Green brings to light a little-known but critical chapter in Minnesota’s history through four of these ‘children of Lincoln’ in Minnesota." —Pioneer Press

"Beautifully written and deeply researched, The Children of Lincoln provides intimate portraits of four white Republicans in Minnesota after the Civil War. Having established in his previous books that African Americans were more deeply rooted and influential in the state’s history than previously recognized, William D. Green demonstrates here that Minnesotans also played key roles in debates over racial equality that resonated far beyond state boundaries. He helps us understand not only the nation’s retreat from equality in the late nineteenth century but also the persistence of racial disparities in Minnesota and across the United States today." —William P. Jones, author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

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