Fred J. Martin, Jr.

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A new perspective on American history for today’s world…

Fred Martin’s book, Abraham Lincoln’s Path to Reelection in 1864: Our Greatest Victory, allows the reader to grasp the magnitude of that election primarily through the words of the actors who battled for the future of our nation during trying times.

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DSCN0635Over the past 20 years Fred J. Martin, Jr. has been an active and productive visiting scholar, dedicated benefactor, and former leading figure on the Institute of Governmental Studies National Advisory Council (UC Berkeley). The purpose of the Fred J. Martin, Jr. American Political History Award is to provide support to an outstanding graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. The purpose of the interdisciplinary award is to recognize deserving graduate students that are pursuing research in the area of American political history. More details can be found here:

Fred J. Martin, Jr. American Political History Award


As an Assistant Public Affairs Officer, Martin worked with the Office of the President, the cabinet and officialdom in Korea to clear obstacles for stalled projects and report on project status, as well as handle press relations. As a volunteer, he worked nights as copy editor for an independent English language newspaper. The managing editor and reporters at the paper impressed him deeply with their desire to gain equal rights for Koreans; rights as declared in the US Declaration of Independence. With these ideas in mind, Martin authored the Lost Chapter on Korea, an e-scholarship paper that can be found at:

The Lost Chapter on Korea


As Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, Martin initiated, organized, directed, developed funding, and chaired the 2002 Mental Health & Public Policy Symposium. This symposium was teleconferenced between UC Berkeley and UCLA with cooperation from UCSF and the Commonwealth Club. Unedited footage available as a webcast can be found here:

Protecting and Treating Those Destabilized by Mental Illness: Beyond the Asylum and the Jail

Coping with Mental Illness and Crafting Public Policy

Enacting Laura’s Law Could Help Cut Prison Count