Role of NJ in the Civil War
On Sunday, September 23, 2012, Dr. William Gillette presented a talk entitled "The Role of New Jersey in the Civil War: A Reconsideration."

Gillette is the author of The Right to Vote: Politics and the Passage of the Fifteenth Amendment; Retreat from Reconstruction, 1869-1879; and Jersey Blue: Civil War Politics in New Jersey, 1854-1865. He is also a frequent lecturer and has delivered more that 81 guest lectures in the United States, Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Russia. Appointed to the New Jersey Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission in 2009 by Governor Corzine, Gillette is the recipient of numerous awards. Most recently, he received a Fulbright distinguished lectureship and occupied the Nikolay V. Sivachev Distinguished Chair in American History at Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. Gillette, who earned his bachelor of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and his master’s degree from Columbia University, received his doctorate from Princeton University.

In his presentation on Sunday, Dr. Gillette talked about New Jersey's response and participation in the Civil War, examining the role and record of New Jerseyans on the battlefront and in home-front politics. This was the final event the library presented in conjunction with the "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Exhibit." Please see our Exhibit Page for more details: nbfpl.org/lincolnexhibit.html.
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