Contents


Killing for Freedom

To Purge This Land With Blood: A Biography of John Brown by Stephen B. Oates

John Brown: The Making of a Revolutionary Edited and Introduced by Louis Ruchames

The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass Edited and Abridged by Genevieve S. Gray

Frederick Douglass by Philip S. Foner

Frederick Douglass by Benjamin Quarles, Preface by James McPherson

My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass, Introduction by Philip Foner

Black Abolitionists by Benjamin Quarles

Birdbath

A White House Diary by Lady Bird Johnson

A Woman of Quality: Eleanor Roosevelt by Stella K. Hershan

Contributors

W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca. He has since lived in many parts of the world, most recently on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the author of many books of poems, prose, and translations and has received both the Pulitzer and the Bollingen Prizes for poetry, among numerous other awards. His new poetry collection is The Moon Before Morning.

Jean Stafford (1915–1979) was a novelist and short story writer. Her Collected Stories won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1970.

I.F. Stone (1907–1989) was an American journalist and publisher whose self-published newsletter, I.F. Stone’s Weekly, challenged the conservatism of American journalism in the midcentury. A Noncomformist History of Our Times (1989) is a six-volume anthology of Stone’s writings.

Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) is widely regarded as the preeminent American man of letters of the twentieth century. Over his long career, he wrote for Vanity Fair, helped edit The New Republic, served as chief book critic for The New Yorker, and was a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. Wilson was the author of more than twenty books, including Axel’s Castle, Patriotic Gore, and a work of fiction, Memoirs of Hecate County.

C. Vann Woodward (1908–1999) was a historian of the American South. He taught at Johns Hopkins and at Yale, where he was named the Sterling Professor of History. His books include Mary Chesnut’s Civil War and The Old World’s New World.