Stephen B. Oates

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Stephen B. Oates (born 1936) is a former professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is an expert in 19th-century United States history.

Oates wrote 16 books during his career, all following the same theme, biographies of 19th-century American historical figures. He was accused of plagiarism in his biography of Abraham Lincoln, but was cleared by the University of Massachusetts and the American Historical Association. [1][2]Oates received the 1993 Nevins-Freeman Award of the Chicago Civil War Round Table for his historical work on the American Civil War.[3]

Let the Trumpet Sound; The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. received the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 1983 Book award given annually to a novelist who "most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy's purposes - his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity."[4]

Books by Stephen B. Oates[edit]

  • Woman Of Valor: Clara Barton And The Civil War
  • Fires Of Jubilee: Nat Turners Fierce Rebellion
  • With Malice Toward None: A Life Of Abraham Lincoln
  • Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind The Myths, 1984 (paperback reprint 2011)
  • Let The Trumpet Sound: The Life Of Martin Luther King, Jr., 1982
  • Approaching Fury: Voices Of The Storm, 1820-1861
  • Whirlwind Of War: Voices Of The Storm, 1861-1865. HarperCollins. 1999. ISBN 978-0-06-093092-9. 
  • Confederate Cavalry West Of The River
  • Our Fiery Trail: Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, And The Civil War Era
  • Biography As History
  • America Through the Eyes of an Artisan
  • Portrait of America : From Before Columbus to the End of Reconstruction
  • To Purge This Land With Blood: Biography of John Brown
  • William Faulkner: The Man and the Artist
  • "The Ravages of War"


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