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What's new: April 2021

This update features six new biographies with a focus on important figures in the history of business in the United States. It includes computer pioneer William Hewlett; pathbreaking advertising executive Jean Wade Rindlaub; financier and philanthropist David Rockefeller; Frank Stanley Beveridge, who led the “party plan” sales trend of the mid-twentieth century; influential finance journalist W. M. Kiplinger; and John Askin, a fur trader in the Great Lakes region during the Revolutionary Era.

William “Bill” Hewlett

William “Bill” Hewlett (1913–2001) co-founded the Hewlett-Packard technology company in 1947. Hewlett, along with co-founder David Packard, invented the model of the high-technology startup that could also become a large, innovative, and long-lived company. Besides continuing to generate world-leading technological innovations—such as pocket calculators and personal computers—HP also spawned numerous new startup companies that helped grow what became known as California’s Silicon Valley.

 

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APRIL 21, 2021

What's New: April 2021

This update features six new biographies with a focus on important figures in the history of business in the United States. It includes computer pioneer William Hewlett; pathbreaking advertising executive Jean Wade Rindlaub; financier and philanthropist David Rockefeller; Frank Stanley Beveridge, who led the “party plan” sales trend of the mid-twentieth century; influential finance journalist W. M. Kiplinger; and John Askin, a fur trader in the Great Lakes region during the Revolutionary Era.

MARCH 3, 2021

What's New: March 2021

This update features thirteen new biographies in celebration of Women’s History Month. It includes the suffragists Nina Allender, Margaret Foley, and Rose Winslow; novelist and playwright Neith Boyce; Winnebago artist and educator Angel De Cora; Olympic gold medal winner Alice Coachman; Maria Gertrudes “La Tules” Barceló, a nineteenth-century saloon owner.

FEBRUARY 25, 2021

What's New: February 2021

This update features six new biographies in celebration of Black History Month. It includes rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley; feminist lawyer and activist Flo Kennedy; transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson; gender defying blues singer and pianist Gladys Bentley; Lerone Bennett, Jr., who led Ebony magazine during the civil rights movement; and James Saules, a sailor whose life likely inspired Oregon’s 1844 racial exclusion law.