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Donald L. Miller
Lafayette College

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Donald L. Miller, lead historian for A Biography of America, is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He was honored there with the Student Government Superior Teaching Award. He is the author of The New American Radicalism; Lewis Mumford: A Life; City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America; and, most recently (with Richard E. Sharpless), The Kingdom of Coal: Work, Enterprise, and Ethnic Communities in the Mine Fields. Professor Miller is a specialist in 20th century United States history and urban history.


Douglas Brinkley
Eisenhower Center for American Studies, University of New Orleans

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Douglas Brinkley is a familiar and respected television commentator on a wide range of historical, documentary, and news programs. He serves as Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Orleans. A noted biographer and editor, he has published major volumes on Dean Acheson, Jimmy Carter, FDR, James Forrestal, Jean Monnet, and Theodore Roosevelt. His biography of Rosa Parks is forthcoming, and he is author of the recent American Heritage History of America. Professor Brinkley’s area of interest is diplomatic and political history, with an emphasis on the twentieth century.


Pauline Maier
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Pauline Maier, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the author, most recently, of American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. In it, she traces the transformation of the Declaration from Jefferson’s draft through committee revision into "a national scripture." An artful storyteller, her specialty is the period from the Revolution to making of the Constitution. She is particularly interested in the interpretation of original documents as a route for understanding the minds of the times.


Waldo E. Martin, Jr.
University of California, Berkeley

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A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Waldo Martin was among the first African American undergraduates to enter Duke University. After receiving his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, he taught for nine years at the University of Virginia, and since 1991 has returned to U.C. Berkeley as Professor of History. For three years, he has been co-director of summer NEH seminars at Harvard’s Du Bois Institute on teaching the history of the civil rights movement. He is the author of The Mind of Frederick Douglass and Brown V. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents.


Louis P. Masur
City College of New York

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Professor of History at the City College of New York, Louis P. Masur is the author of a renowned study of capital punishment, Rites of Execution. He is also editor of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and "The Real War Will Never Get in the Books": Selections from American Writers During the Civil War. Professor Masur specializes in the Jacksonian period and 19th century American history and has for many years taught a one-semester survey course entitled "American History from Mather to Rather."


Virginia Scharff
University of New Mexico

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Virginia Scharff specializes in the history of women, U.S. social history, and the American West and is Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. Her book, Taking The Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age, is a history of women and the automobile. She is now completing a study in which her areas of specialization intersect, to be called No Repose: Women's Movements and the West. Widely published in scholarly journals, Professor Scharff also writes as a novelist under the name "Virginia Swift," and is now finishing her second novel for HarperCollins.


Raymond W. Smock

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Raymond W. Smock is Senior Historical Consultant to A Biography of America. He served as Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983-95, he is a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago and holds the Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland at College Park. He was co-editor of the 14-volume documentary series The Booker T. Washington Papers and has published in the fields of U.S. history, Congressional history, African American history, the history of photography, and presidential archives. His recent publications include Masters of the House: Congressional Leadership Over Two Centuries, edited with Roger Davidson and Susan Webb Hammond, and Landmark Documents on the U. S. Congress.




  

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