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White Publishes Book on Dreams During the Civil War

New work explores nighttime experiences during the conflict.

  Thursday, March 2, 2017
Dr. Jonathan W. White
Dr. Jonathan W. White

Dr. Jonathan W. White, associate professor of American studies, has published Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War. This unique history explores what nighttime was like for soldiers, slaves and civilians during the Civil War. It also includes a chapter on Abraham Lincoln’s prophetic dreams of assassination.

In researching this book, White discovered more than 400 dream reports in Civil War-era letters, diaries and reminiscences. This research reveals an intimate, emotional side of the war that is rarely seen in other histories. Library Journal recently called Midnight in America “unique and innovative,” “fascinating reading,” and “a vital addition to all Civil War collections.”

“This was a fun project to work on,” says White. “Normally I work in political and constitutional history, but Midnight in America got me thinking about other aspects of the war – ones that are usually overlooked by historians.”

White specializes in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. More information is available at his website. He is also on Twitter at @CivilWarJon.

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