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THE CHILDREN OF LINCOLN event at the Burnhaven Library with Bill Green

When Feb 16, 2019
from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Burnhaven Library, 1101 County Rd. 42 W, Burnsville, MN 55306
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Green_Children coverBill Green will be at the Burnhaven Library on Saturday, February 16 at 1:30 p.m. 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

"William D. Green has done an excellent job of reconstructing the individual lives and decisions made by four Lincoln Republicans who soon after 1865 washed their hands of postemancipation issues, one explicitly asserting, ‘We have done our part.’ He traces how these four (and by analogy most northern white Americans) disengaged from the struggle for equality and sent African Americans into a ‘new era of darkness,’ undermining the very freedoms that the Civil War promised." —Annette Atkins, author of Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out

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