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David Reynolds, Distinguished Professor of English, has been awarded the 2005 Gustavus Myers Award for his masterful revisionist portrait: John Brown, Abolitionist, published in April by Alfred A. Knopf.

Reynold’s important new biography of Brown, a figure whose legacy remains much disputed, was recognized for its contribution to advancing human rights. The award is named for Gustavus Myers, a pioneering historian who in 1943 published the groundbreaking History of Bigotry in the United States. It has been presented annually since 1984.

“We chose authors and books that challenge ways of thinking and acting,” says Dr. Loretta J. Williams, director of the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.


Zane Berzins


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