Visits with Lincoln provides a balanced and readable 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 ending slavery immediately. The book 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. The 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 Douglas, former slave and recruiter of black soldiers; Anna Dickenson, 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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About the Author
Barbara A. White is professor emerita of women's studies at the University of New Hampshire.
Table of Contents1 Preface
4 Timeline of the Civil War
5 Chapter 1. Jessie Benton Frémont, September 1861
6 Chapter 2. Carl Schurz, Spring and Fall 1862
7 Chapter 3. Beecher Family, December 1862 and February 1865
8 Chapter 4. Frederick Douglass, August 1863 and August 1864
9 Chapter 5. Anna Dickinson, January and Spring 1864
10 Chapter 6. William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips, March 1862, January 1863, and June 1864
11 Chapter 7. Sojourner Truth, October 1864
12 Chapter 8. Conclusion: Lincoln and His Visitors