Minnesota Historical Society

The Children of Lincoln

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White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860–1876

How white advocates of emancipation abandoned African American causes in the dark days of Reconstruction, told through the stories of four Minnesotans

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.

  • Author: William D. Green
  • Format: 512 pages 1 b&w photo, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (2018, Paperback Feb. 2021)

William D. Green is professor of history at Augsburg University and 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 Minnesota. He is vice president of the Minnesota Historical Society.

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