In this first book-length biography of John Lewis, Raymond Arsenault traces Lewis’s upbringing in rural Alabama, his early activism as a Freedom Rider and leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and his decades of service as the “conscience of Congress.” Arsenault provides an authoritative, synthetic biography, written with both the benefit of his personal relationship with Lewis as well as a career as an esteemed biographer and professor of Southern history.
The most enduring feature of U.S. history is the presence of Native Americans, yet most histories focus on Europeans and their descendants. The long practice of ignoring Indigenous history is changing, however, with a dynamic new generation of historians insisting that Indigenous history is essential to understanding the evolution of modern America. In The Rediscovery of America, Ned Blackhawk interweaves five centuries of Native and non-Native histories to tell the full story of America, from Spanish colonial exploration to the rise of Native American self-determination in the late twentieth century. In this ambitious book, Blackhawk achieves a transformative synthesis of recent scholarship, recording the enduring power, agency, and survival of Native nations to create a truer account of the formation and expansion of the United States.