Jonathan W. White is an associate professor of American studies at Christopher Newport University and the author or editor of ten books, including "Our Little Monitor": The Greatest Invention of the Civil War (2018), Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (2017), Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (2011), and Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (2014), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and the Jefferson Davis Prize, a Civil War Monitor "best book," and the winner of the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Prize. He has published more than one hundred articles, essays, and reviews, and is the winner of the 2005 John T. Hubbell Prize for the best article in Civil War History, the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize, and the Thomas Jefferson Prize for his Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History (2010). He currently serves as the chair of the Board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, vice chair of The Lincoln Forum, on the Ford's Theatre Advisory Council, and on the boards of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia.
Lincoln’s life full of love, heart ache, death, disappointment, overcoming obstacles. A richly human life that made him who he was. This talk explores some of the little-known aspects of Abraham Lincoln's childhood and early adulthood, providing insight into how he rose to become one of the greatest leaders in American history.