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"NJ's political landscape during the Civil War" - talk, Tues. March 12th

Political verse published by the Union Songster, a historical artifact from the Civil War held in Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 12th for a presentation on "The New Jersey Political Landscape during the Civil War" - a talk that will focus on New Jersey politics leading up to and during the Civil War as well as the military experience of New Jersey soldiers. The talk will be held at 4:00 pm in the Remigio U. Pane Room, on the 1st floor of Archibald S. Alexander Library and light refreshments will be served..

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).

For more information or assistance with parking, please contact Fernanda H. Perrone, exhibitions coordinator, at 848-932-6154 or

This exhibition and public programs are made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in these presentations do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

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Posted February 27, 2013