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Dr. Jonathan White, a historian of the American Civil War, will present the 2014 Rothbaum Lecture, entitled “Lincoln and Civil Liberties,” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, in the Estep Multimedia Room of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

White is assistant professor of American Studies and a fellow at the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University. He is the author of several books and articles about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. His most recent book, Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln was just published by LSU Press.

The Rothbaum Lecture is funded through an endowment established by the late Julian Rothbaum with a $25,000 gift to the ECU Foundation Inc. that was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He also established an endowment to fund the George Nigh Award for ECU’s top graduating senior.

Rothbaum, who lived in Tulsa, was a long-time leader in Oklahoma civic affairs, a 1986 inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and a former member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the University of Oklahoma Regents.

White has a particular interest in Abraham Lincoln, American politics and the U.S. Constitution and currently has three other book projects including Lincoln’s Advice for Lawyers (forthcoming with Sourcebooks in March 2015), The Monitor Is No More: The Final Voyage of the USS Monitor During the Civil War (under contract with Kent State University Press) and Midnight in America: Night, Sleep and Dreams During the Civil War.

Many of White’s articles have appeared in a wide variety of journals, magazines and periodicals, including Civil War History, The Journal of the Civil War Era, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, The Maryland Historical Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, Dickinson Magazine, The Journal of Supreme Court History, Prologue, Military Images, Perspectives on History, Pennsylvania Legacies and Pennsylvania Heritage.

One of his articles in Civil War History won the John T. Hubbell Prize, while one of his many articles in Prologue appeared in Yahoo’s “Top American Civil War History Websites.”

At Christopher Newport University he teaches courses in American Studies and also serves as the university’s pre-law advisor.

The lecture is being held in conjunction with the Linscheid Library’s exhibit on “Lincoln and the Constitution.”

For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. Scott Barton, professor of history and Native American Studies at ECU, at 580-559-5563 or .



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