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Upcoming Book Breaks
June 11, 2023 - Fierce and Fearless: Patsy Takemoto Mink, First Woman of Color in Congress
Fierce and Fearless is a biography of Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress. Serving from 1965 to 1977, and again from 1990 until her death in 2002, Mink advocated race, gender, and class equality and spearheaded legislation embracing antiwar politics and environmental protection. She was the foremost advocate for Title IX, which transformed girls’ and women’s educational rights.
Fierce and Fearless pairs Judy Tzu-Chun Wu’s archival research with vignettes crafted by Gwendolyn Mink, a political scientist who is Patsy Takemoto Mink’s daughter. Wu is a historian and Asian American studies professor at the University of California, Irvine. Gwendolyn Mink was a professor of politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and professor of women and gender studies at Smith College.
June 18 - Chole Melas on Luck of the Draw My Story of the Air War in Europe
June 26 - R. J. M. Blackett on Samuel Ringgold Ward: A Life of Struggle
July 2 - Craig L. Symonds on Nimitz at War: Command Leadership from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay
History Scholar of the Week
Middle and high school students (age 13 and up), submit your questions for one of the historians being featured on Book Breaks! If your question is chosen, you will be named History Scholar of the Week, and it will be announced live on the program! In addition, both you and your teacher will win a $50 gift certificate to the Gilder Lehrman Gift Shop. Your question can be about the book or the topic in general. Please submit only one question per program.
Submit your question here.
The deadline to submit a question for the upcoming Book Breaks is Thursday.
Book Breaks Archive
The Book Breaks archive contains more than two years of past programs from historians such as David Blight, Eric Foner, Annette Gordon-Reed, Peniel Joseph, Elizabeth Varon, Ken Burns, and more. Still deciding whether to subscribe? You can watch Ada Ferrer’s talk on Cuba: An American History (winner of the Pulitzer Prize) below to help you make up your mind.
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