Two questions that will be explored in this talk are 'Was New Jersey a border state like Delaware, Maryland and Kentucky?' and 'Was New Jersey dominated by the Copperheads during the Civil War?'. There will be ample time for questions and discussion afterwards.
William Gillette is the author of The Right to Vote: Politics and the Passage of the Fifteenth Amendment which analyzes the political role of African Americans at the midpoint of Reconstruction and reinterprets the Amendment's origins, Retreat from Reconstruction, 1869 - 1879 which reassesses how the American government and people repudiated Reconstruction and received the Landry and Chastain Prizes, and Jersey Blue: Civil War Politics in New Jersey, 1854 - 1865 which reexamines New Jersey prewar and wartime political roles and won the McCormick Prize.
Gillette earned an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a master's degree from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has been working at Rutgers University since 1967 and his research interests include Civil War and Reconstruction, New Jersey history, American political history, and American Western history. Gillette has been a Fulbright Professor in Salzburg, Austria (1982 - 1983), Tokyo, Japan, (1997 - 1998), and Moscow, Russia (2008).
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