The 2014 John E. Dolibois History Prize: James McPherson

McPhersonjpegOhioans on Slavery and Emancipation in the Civil War

James M. McPherson

George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Emeritus, Princeton University

Wednesday 29 October, 7.30 pm, Parrish Auditorium

Ohioans played a more important role in the Civil War than residents of perhaps any other Union state. Three of four principal generals who led the North grew up in Ohio and went to West Point, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and Philip H. Sheridan. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton were Ohioans, while Senators Benjamin Wade and John Sherman and Representatives James Ashley and John A. Bingham were important Congressional leaders in the drive for abolition of slavery.

Ohio also furnished prominent opponents of these policies, notably Clement L. Vallandigham, George L. Pendleton, and Samuel S. Cox. The story of these and other Ohioans in military and political actions of the war brings special attention to issues of slavery and its abolition.

  • Free public event
  • Reception to follow

Happy 2012!

A very happy new year to old friends and new from all at the Michael J. Colligan History Project.  And an exciting year it promises to be, kicking off this February with the award of the annual Dolibois History Prize to William Cronon, President of the American Historical Association and Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Professor Cronon is one of America’s pioneers in the field of environmental history, whose published work has profoundly changed the way historians think and write about such interrelated topics as historical memory, urban development, nature and the land.

In the meantime, stay posted to this site for news of coming events and more.  Our video archive has been updated with Jim Blount’s December 7, 2011 talk on Hamilton’s Industrial Heritage, recorded before another massive public turn out.  Once again, thanks to all who support and attend our events, ensuring their continuing success and high quality.

Best wishes,

Matthew Smith,

Assistant Director, Michael J. Colligan History Project