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

When May 28, 2019
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave. N, Plymouth, MN 55446
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Green_Children coverBill Green will be at the Plymouth Library on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 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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