Jun 16, 2011

CNU Professor Explores Historic Treason Case in New Book

(Newport News, Va.) - Dr. Jonathan White, visiting assistant professor of American studies and a postdoctoral fellow in CNU’s Center for American Studies, has written a book titled Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman. The book will be published by LSU Press in November 2011.

Dr. White has given lectures about Abraham Lincoln at several prestigious venues. On February 12 (Lincoln’s 202nd birthday), he addressed the Abraham Lincoln Association at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln gave his famous “House Divided” address in 1858, and where Barack Obama launched his presidential campaign in 2008. On March 26, at the invitation of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, Dr. White gave an address at the National Archives. On June 1, he spoke at the Baltimore Bar Library in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Ex parte Merryman, the famous Civil War treason case that is the subject of his book. Dr. White was also recently interviewed by National Public Radio.

Dr. White holds a PhD in history from the University of Maryland at College Park.  His dissertation is titled ‘“To Aid Their Rebel Friends’: Politics and Treason in the Civil War North.” In 2010, he was awarded the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation in Lincoln studies by the Abraham Lincoln Institute and the Abraham Lincoln Association.  In 2008, he was awarded the E.B. and Jean Smith Prize in Political History by the Department of History at the University of Maryland.

Dr. White is also the author of Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History Washington, D.C.: Federal Judicial Center, 2010) and A Philadelphia Perspective: The Civil War Diary of Sidney George Fisher (New York: Fordham University Press, 2007).  For more information about Dr. White’s lectures and forthcoming book, please visit www.facebook.com/CivilWarTreason.

Dr. Jonathan White

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