Edna Greene Medford

Edna Greene Medford

Edna Greene Medford is a professor of history at Howard University, where she teaches courses on Jacksonian America, Civil War and Reconstruction, nineteenth-century history, and African American history. She is the author of Lincoln and Emancipation (2015), a coauthor of The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views (2006), and the editor of Historical Perspectives of the African Burial Ground Project: New York Blacks and the Diaspora (2009). She is also a recipient of a 2009 bicentennial edition of the "Order of Lincoln" for her study of the president and the Civil War era.


  • Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and Race
  • African Americans and the Civil War
  • African Americans and the Meaning of Freedom
  • The Emancipation Proclamation


When Freedom Came: Emancipation and the Question of Timing

This lecture was presented at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in June 2015. Recorded by Kay Gregg, Library Production Coordinator, Access Fort Wayne.

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