Four Score Speaker Series: Dr. Jonathan W. White

Date: 02/12/24
Location: Zoom

Join us Monday, February 12th (Lincoln’s Birthday!) for a fun and educational conversation with author Dr. Jonathan W. White on his most recent children’s book My Day with Abe Lincoln.

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a terrible speller for his entire life? Or that kids teased him on his first day of school because he wore a sunbonnet? Or that he almost died several times when he was a child? 

Most people don’t know these things about our nation’s greatest president. But Lucy Millaway learns all about Lincoln when she travels back in time to the backwoods of Indiana in the 1820s. Join Lucy as she spends a day with young Abe and discovers fascinating stories and forgotten moments behind his remarkable rise to greatness!

“My Day with Abe Lincoln is a refreshing combination of pure kids’ excitement and some pretty strict historical accuracy. But let my own grandchildren tell you: the illustrations are great and so are the stories of Lincoln’s childhood— ‘especially the Shawnee story!’ Here’s the book which will fire a kid’s imagination about Lincoln and history—the same way my imagination was fired by an illustrated Lincoln book as a kid.” —noted Allen C. Guelzo, New York Times best-selling author and three-time winner of the Lincoln Prize.

Jonathan W. White is professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University. He is the author or editor of 17 books, including A House Built By Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House, co-winner of the 2023 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. He serves as vice chair of The Lincoln Forum, and in 2019 he won the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award.