Visits with Lincoln: Abolitionists Meet the President at the White House

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Visits with Lincoln provides a balanced discussion of ten abolitionists, male and female, black and white, who visited President Lincoln in the White House during the Civil War in an attempt to advance their goal of immediately ending slavery. Barbara A. White paints a portrait of Lincoln through the eyes of his visitors and traces changes in his ideas and attitudes over the course of the war. Visitors include Jessie Benton Fremont, wife of Major General John Charles Fremont, the famous explorer and commander of ...

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Visits With Lincoln: Abolitionists Meet The President at the White House

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Overview

Visits with Lincoln provides a balanced discussion of ten abolitionists, male and female, black and white, who visited President Lincoln in the White House during the Civil War in an attempt to advance their goal of immediately ending slavery. Barbara A. White paints a portrait of Lincoln through the eyes of his visitors and traces changes in his ideas and attitudes over the course of the war. Visitors include Jessie Benton Fremont, wife of Major General John Charles Fremont, the famous explorer and commander of the Union army's Department of the West;. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Henry Ward Beecher, three members of the distinguished Beecher family; Frederick Douglass, former slave and recruiter of black soldiers; Anna Dickinson, Republican orator; William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips, leaders of the' Boston abolitionist movement; and Sojourner Truth, ex-slave and itinerant anti-slavery speaker.

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Editorial Reviews

John Ernest
Abraham Lincoln's reputation as the "Great Emancipator" tends to obscure the work of the many who worked tirelessly to secure the abolition of slavery. Visits with Lincoln places the embattled and conflicted president among some of the most prominent of those abolitionists, and thus helps us to trace the difficult development of Lincoln's views. In this informative, unsettling, and always engaging book, Barbara White breaks through some enduring legends and myths about Lincoln by providing a valuable introduction to the most prominent men and women of the anti-slavery movement.
Josephine Donovan
A fresh, fascinating, up close look inside the Lincoln White House by an eminent scholar. Meticulously researched and engagingly written, this study shows a side of Lincoln rarely seen-not as a fixed icon but in process-as he interacts personally and politically with the major abolitionists.
Journal Of The Illinois State Historical Society
Visits with Lincoln does deliver a well-written collection of historical vignettes, centered on Lincoln’s interactions with a myriad of fascinating individuals whose primary goal was the abolition of slavery. The author engages the reader by offering interesting details about Lincoln’s meetings with abolitionists, and it is very easy to delight in the first-hand visitor accounts of their impressions of our most iconic president.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739164174
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 8/22/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara A. White is professor emerita of women's studies at the University of New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgment xvii

Time Line of the Civil War xix

1 Jessie Benton Frémont, September 1861 1

2 Carl Schurz, Spring and Fall 1862 23

3 Beecher, Family, December 1862 and February 1865 41

4 Frederick Douglass, August 1863 and August 1864 61

5 Anna Dickinson, January and Spring 1864 79

6 William Lloyd Garrison, June 1864, and Wendell Phillips, March 1862 and January 1863 97

7 Sojourner Truth, October 1864 113

8 Conclusion: Lincoln and His Visitors 129

Bibliography 143

Index 151

About the Author 157

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