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What’s new: April 2024

This update features five new biographies, including the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin; management consultant, author, and professor Peter Drucker; pioneering African American psychologist Keturah Whitehurst; University of Pennsylvania philosopher William T. V. Fontaine; and folk singer and labor activist Aunt Molly Jackson.

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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) was one of the most popular and influential performers in United States history. A singer, songwriter, and producer, Franklin created a transcendent blend of gospel, jazz, blues, soul, and pop that appealed to fans of all genres. She became a household name and national icon with a string of indelible hits, including “Respect,” “Amazing Grace,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” and dozens more.

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APRIL 25, 2024

What’s New: April 2024

This update features five new biographies, including the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin; management consultant, author, and professor Peter Drucker; pioneering African American psychologist Keturah Whitehurst; University of Pennsylvania philosopher William T. V. Fontaine; and folk singer and labor activist Aunt Molly Jackson.

MARCH 28, 2024

What’s New: March 2024

The March 2024 update of the American National Biography adds 25 images from the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution.

FEBRUARY 22, 2024

What’s New: February 2024

The February update of the American National Biography features four new essays, including Christopher Reeve, Superman actor and activist for people with spinal cord injuries; White House press corps journalist Helen Thomas; Alice Rivlin, economist who served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve and director of the Office of Management and Budget; and S. Willard Saxton, printmaker, Civil War veteran, and federal government employee.