HISTORIAN, AUTHOR, CRITIC
NEWnter, Macomb County, April 30, 20
"A revelatory, daring, and ambitious book that overturns the conventional histories of America's struggle for civil rights….This is one of those rare books that completely reorients our understanding of the past." --Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
THOMAS J. SUGRUE is David Boies Professor of History and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race and Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, the first full-scale history of the black freedom struggle in the North. Sweeping in scope and scale, it spans the period from 1920 to the present.
Sugrue is an accomplished historian and writer. His book, The Origins of the Urban Crisis, won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in History, the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, the President's Book Award of the Social Science History Association, and the Best Book in North American Urban History of the Urban History Association. In 2005, Princeton University Press selected Origins as one of the 100 most influential books it published in its first century. Sugrue writes on American politics, civil rights, public policy, urban history, and religion.
Sugrue is author of dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters and is a contributor to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Review of Books, Washington Post, The Nation, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and the Detroit Free Press. His work has been translated into French, German, Japanese. and Hungarian.
He has given more than 250 lectures throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.