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

When Feb 28, 2019
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Ramsey County Library - Roseville, 2180 Hamline Ave. N, Roseville, MN 55113
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Green_Children coverBill Green will be at the Roseville Library on Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of his new book, The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860-1876, as part of the Ramsey County Historical Society's History Revealed Series.


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.


"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


"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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