OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Elizabeth D. Leonard

Portrait of Elizabeth D. Leonard
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Elizabeth D. Leonard is the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, Emerita, at Colby College and the author of Yankee Women: Gender Battles in the Civil War (1994), All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies (1999), Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the Civil War (2004), Men of Color to Arms! Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality (2010),Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky (2011), cowinner of the Lincoln Prize; Slaves, Slaveholders, and a Kentucky Community's Struggle Toward Freedom (2019), and Benjamin Franklin Butler: A Noisy, Fearless Life (2022).

NEW IN 2022: Benjamin Franklin Butler: A Noisy, Fearless Life (University of North Carolina Press)

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A controversial figure in his lifetime, Butler has been treated harshly by history and historians. This lecture discusses the many reasons why Butler's life and memory merit a reassessment.