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History Revealed: Children of Lincoln

February 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ramsey County Historical Society Presents

William D. Green: The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860-1876

History Revealed Series
February 28, 2019
Thursday, 7:00 pm
Ramsey County Roseville Library

Free and open to all. No reservations needed.

Join RCHS for History Revealed, our program series featuring presentations and tours from the best of local historians, authors and archaeologists, with a wide range of topics drawn from the heritage and traditions of Ramsey County.

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.
William D. Green is professor of history at Augsburg University and author of The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860-1876, which is a finalist for the Minnesota Non-Fiction category of the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards, to be awarded in April. He is also the author of Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865–1912 (winner of the Hognander Minnesota History Award) and A Peculiar Imbalance: The Rise and Fall of Racial Equality in Minnesota, 1837–1869, both published by University of Minnesota press. He is vice president of the Minnesota Historical Society.

2019 History Revealed Programs

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Ramsey County Historical Society


Ramsey County Library – Roseville
2180 Hamline Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113 United States
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