Emancipating Untold Stories of the Civil War

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History professor Richard W. Smith unveils the work of Bishop McIlvaine to end slavery in new book.

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As the Bishop of Ohio, McIlvaine worked closely with President Lincoln to gain Union support in Great Britain.

(PRWEB) April 15, 2015 -- In a time when all men were not viewed as created equally, several important historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass spoke out against the use and mistreatment of slaves. However, the untold story of one man’s mission to leverage support abroad, motivate the military and government and lead the country to equality have remained a mystery.

“Bishop McIlvaine, Slavery, Britain & the Civil War” describes the life of Bishop Charles P. McIlvaine and his dedication to ending slavery. Prior to McIlvaine’s involvement in the Civil War, the Episcopal Church abstained from taking action against slavery. Due to McIlvaine’s encouragement, the Episcopal Church took a stance on slavery.

As the Bishop of Ohio, McIlvaine worked closely with President Lincoln to gain Union support in Great Britain. McIlvaine gained multiple honorary degrees and upon his death was honored in Great Britain and America.

Author Richard W. Smith is an Ohio native who has history degrees from DePauw University, Harvard University and the Ohio State University. Now retired, Smith continues his passion for history as professor emeritus at Ohio Wesleyan University.

“After encountering numerous scholarly works mentioning McIlvaine, I decided to look further into his life,” Smith said. “McIlvaine’s stature in Great Britain facilitated his endeavors to gain British support for the Union cause. A detailed analysis of his labors and failure in mid-Victorian society has not been available.”

Smith’s book reveals McIlvaine’s dedication, leadership and complex persona through a thorough depiction of the bishop’s life.

“Bishop McIlvaine, Slavery, Britain & the Civil War”
By: Richard W. Smith
ISBN: 978-1-4797-0289-3
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris online bookstores

About the author
After receiving his degrees from DePauw University, Harvard University and the Ohio State University in 1945, 1947 and 1959 respectively. Richard W. Smith began working at Ohio Wesleyan University as a history professor. Smith currently serves as professor emeritus of history at Ohio Wesleyan University. His work allowed him to share his passion for history with students and continue his research into the American Civil War. Smith resides in Ohio with his wife and dogs.

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