Nebraska Authors

William Lee Miller

Born 1926-04-26 Bloomington, IN (USA)

Died 2012-05-27

William Lee Miller, son of a peripatetic Presbyterian minister, grew up in Laramie, WY, Hutchinson, KS, and Lincoln, Nebraska. Miller earned a BA at the University of Nebraska, and a second BA from Yale Divinity School. He then joined Adali Stevenson's unsuccessful 1956 Presidential campaign, where he worked as a speech writer, he then returned to Yale, earning his Ph.D. from Yale in religious social ethics in 1958. He had a long career as a writer, scholar, and college professor. He taught from 1982-1999 in the University of Virginia religious studies department, where he was Commonwealth professor and Thomas C. Sorensen professor of political and social thought.

Miller was perhaps best known for books about Lincoln and slavery, including Lincoln's Virtues: An Ethical Biography, 2002 and Arguing About Slavery: The Great Battle in the United States Congress, 1996. He also ventured into more modern history, with the book Two Americans: Truman, Eisenhower and a Dangerous World, 2012 and a book about his own experiences serving as a three-term city Alderman in New Haven, The Fifteenth Ward and the Great Society, 1966, among others.

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction

Keywords

Politics; Political Ethics; Institutions; United States-Political History; U.S. Presidency--History; Political Speechwriter

Education

BA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
BA, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
Phd, 1958, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Bibliography

The Protestant and Politics. 1960.
Piety Along the Potomac. 1964. In HR.
The Fifteenth Ward and the Great Society: An Encounter With a Modern City. 1966.
Of Thee, Nevertheless, I Sing: An Essay on American Political Values. 1975.
Yankee From Georgia: The Emergence of Jimmy Carter. 1978.
The First Liberty: Religion and the American Republic. 1986. In HR
Williamsburg: Cradle of the First Liberty. 1988.
Religion and the Public Good. 1989.
The Business of May Next: James Madison and the Founding. 1992.
Arguing about Slavery: The Great Battle in the United States Congress. 1996.
Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery. 2005
President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman. 2008.
Two Americans: Truman, Eisenhower, and a Dangerous World. 2012.

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