Routledge Historical Americans

Series Editor: Paul Finkleman

  • Sojourner Truth

    Prophet of Social Justice

    By Isabelle Kinnard Richman

    Although Sojourner Truth was born into bondage and cruel oppression, in liberation, she emerged as a leader in the most radical causes of her era. She travelled the country, an outspoken and riveting presence in the struggles for the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage. While her role in…

    Paperback – 2016-04-01 
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  • Ida B. Wells

    Social Activist and Reformer

    By Kristina DuRocher

    Born into slavery in 1862, Ida B. Wells went on to become an influential reformer and leader in the African American community. A Southern black woman living in a time when little social power was available to people of her race or gender, Ida B. Wells nonetheless made an extraordinary impact on…

    Paperback – 2016-03-15 
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  • Andrew Jackson

    Principle and Prejudice

    By John M. Belohlavek

    Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States. Known as "Old Hickory", he was the first President who championed the rights of the 'common man'. Originally from the frontier, he was known for being rough in speech and mannerisms and his fierce temper. After getting his start as a…

    Paperback – 2016-03-01 
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  • Muhammad Ali

    A Man of Many Voices

    By Barbara L. Tischler

    Muhammad Ali was not only a champion athlete, but a cultural icon. While his skill as a boxer made him famous, his strong personality and his identity as a black man in a country in the midst of the struggle for civil rights made him an enduring symbol. From his youth in segregated Louisville,…

    Paperback – 2015-11-17 
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    Civil War Soldier, Supreme Court Justice

    By Susan-Mary Grant

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was one of the most influential jurists of his time. From the antebellum era and the Civil War through the First World War and into the New Deal years, Holmes' long life and career as a Supreme Court Justice spanned an eventful period of American history, as the country…

    Paperback – 2015-08-31
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  • Harriet Tubman

    Slavery, the Civil War, and Civil Rights in the 19th Century

    By Kristen T. Oertel

    Escaped slave, Civil War spy, scout, and nurse, and champion of women's suffrage, Harriet Tubman is an icon of heroism. Perhaps most famous for leading enslaved people to freedom through the Underground Railroad, Tubman was dubbed "Moses" by followers. But abolition and the close of the Civil War…

    Paperback – 2015-08-27
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  • Belle La Follette

    Progressive Era Reformer

    By Nancy C. Unger

    In 1931, the New York Times hailed Belle Case La Follette as "probably the least known yet most influential of all the American women who have had to do with public affairs." A dedicated advocate for women's suffrage, peace, and other causes, she served as a key advisor to her husband, leading…

    Paperback – 2015-08-10
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  • Mary Lincoln

    Southern Girl, Northern Woman

    By Stacy Pratt McDermott

    One of America’s most compelling First Ladies, Mary Lincoln possessed a unique vantage point on the events of her time, even as her experiences of the constraints of gender roles and the upheaval of the Civil War reflected those of many other women. The story of her life presents a microcosm…

    Paperback – 2015-01-23
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  • Brigham Young

    Sovereign in America

    By David Vaughn Mason

    Brigham Young was one of the most influential—and controversial—Mormon leaders in American history. An early follower of the new religion, he led the cross-continental migration of the Mormon people from Illinois to Utah, where he built a vast religious empire that was both revolutionary and…

    Paperback – 2014-11-24
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  • Benjamin Franklin

    American Founder, Atlantic Citizen

    By Nathan R. Kozuskanich

    Known for his influential role in the debates that established the founding documents of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was not only an astute politician, but also an Atlantic citizen whose commitment to the American cause was informed by years spent in England and France. The life of this…

    Paperback – 2014-10-13
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  • Ronald Reagan

    Champion of Conservative America

    By James H. Broussard

    Few politicians in recent American history are as well-known as Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. president. An iconic leader, Reagan shifted the direction of American politics toward a newly vigorous conservatism. Though he began his career as a New Deal liberal, by the end of the 1950s, Reagan had…

    Paperback – 2014-09-26
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  • Laura Ingalls Wilder

    American Writer on the Prairie

    By Sallie Ketcham

    Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote stories that have defined the American frontier for generations of readers. As both author and character in her own books, she became one of the most famous figures in American children’s literature. Her famous Little House on the Prairie series, based on her childhood in…

    Paperback – 2014-09-16
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  • Bill Clinton

    Building a Bridge to the New Millennium

    By David H. Bennett

    In 1993, William J. Clinton began his eight year stint as forty-second president of the United States. A key figure of change in the Democratic Party, Clinton's political and personal actions ensured his lasting status as an important if controversial leader at a critical moment in recent…

    Paperback – 2013-12-14
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  • John F. Kennedy

    The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism

    By Jason K. Duncan

    Half a century after his assassination, John F. Kennedy continues to evoke widespread fascination, looming large in America’s historical memory. Popular portrayals often show Kennedy as a mythic, heroic figure, but these depictions can obscure the details of the president’s actual achievements and…

    Paperback – 2013-11-07
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  • John Winthrop

    Founding the City Upon a Hill

    By Michael Parker

    Puritan politician, lawyer, and lay theologian John Winthrop fled England  in 1630 when it looked like Charles I had successfully blocked all hopes of passing Puritan-inspired reforms in Parliament. Leading a migration, he came to New England in the hopes of creating an ideal Puritan community…

    Paperback – 2013-10-15
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  • Harry S. Truman

    The Coming of the Cold War

    By Nicole L. Anslover

    Harry S. Truman presided over one of the most challenging times in American history—the end of World War II and the onset of the Cold War. Thrust into the presidency after Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office, Truman oversaw the transition to a new, post-war world in which the United States wielded…

    Paperback – 2013-09-26
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  • Thurgood Marshall

    Race, Rights, and the Struggle for a More Perfect Union

    By Charles L. Zelden

    Thurgood Marshall was an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court from 1967 to 1991. He was the first African American to hold that position, and was one of the most influential legal actors of his time. Before being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Lyndon Johnson, Marshall was a lawyer…

    Paperback – 2013-05-09
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  • Frederick Douglass

    Reformer and Statesman

    By L. Diane Barnes

    Frederick Douglass was born a slave in Talbot County, Maryland, in February, 1818. From these humble beginnings, Douglass went on to become a world-famous orator, newspaper editor, and champion of the rights of women and African Americans. He was the most prominent African American activist of the…

    Paperback – 2012-08-27
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  • Woody Guthrie

    Writing America's Songs

    By Ronald D. Cohen

    Woody Guthrie is the most famous and influential folk music composer and performer in the history of the United States. His most popular song, "This Land is Your Land" has become the country's unofficial national anthem, known to every school child since the 1960s. His influence exceeded the realm…

    Paperback – 2012-07-03
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