Elizabeth Leonard, the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, has been offered a contract for her book, tentatively titled Once a Slaveholder, Once a Slave in Civil War Era Holt’s Bottom, Kentucky. The book examines a community of free whites (centering on the birth family of Abraham Lincoln’s judge advocate general Joseph Holt) and enslaved blacks (a number of whom belonged to Holt’s family and their neighbors and kin) in northwestern Kentucky community before, during, and after the war. Leonard’s book weaves together the lives and experiences of this small but tightly knit community of white and black Kentuckians as they made the passage from the “slavery times” through Reconstruction.