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To Address You as My Friend: African Americans' Letters to Abraham Lincoln (Guest: Jonathan W. White)

November 2, 2022

In Episode 93 of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with Jonathan W. White, author of “To Address You as My Friend: African Americans' Letters to Abraham Lincoln.”

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Jonathan W. White, professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University, to discuss his new book, To Address You as My Friend: African Americans' Letters to Abraham Lincoln. They chat about the personal connection many blacks felt to Abraham Lincoln and how that gave them confidence to write to the president and to seek redress of their grievances. They also talk about how the act of writing to Lincoln for blacks was, in a small way, an act of civic participation and allowed them to claim the rights of American citizenship in a wide range of circumstances.

Get the book here: https://uncpress.org/book/9781469665078/to-address-you-as-my-friend/

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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.
TBenson@heartland.org @HeartlandGR