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Letter from Susan Ware, Editor

What's new: March 2020

This update features six new essays, lives spanning from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first. It includes a new essay on Tisquantum, the Native American interpreter and emissary referred to in the original ANB essay as Squanto; religious leader and Indian captive Esther Wheelwright; the radical artist Chris Burden; astronaut Eugene Cernan; and avant-garde fashion designer Rudi Gernreich.

Eugene Cernan

Eugene Cernan (1934–2017) was the second American to walk in space and the first to circle the earth. On his next mission, in 1969, he piloted the Apollo 10 lunar module, coming within 50,000 feet of the Sea of Tranquility. All told, seventy three of the 566 hours Cernan logged in space were on the surface of the moon. His time included 22 hours of moonwalks, more than any other astronaut. In 1972, upon leaving the moon for the final time, and making him to this point the last person to walk on the moon, Cernan said, “We leave as we came, and God willing, we shall return with peace and hope for all mankind.”

 

 

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MARCH 26, 2020

What's new: March 2020

This update features six new essays, lives spanning from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first. New additions include Anne Anastasi, Chris Burden, Eugene Cernan, Rudi Gernreich, Tisquantum, and Esther Wheelwright.

FEBRUARY 27, 2020

What's new: February 2020

This update features six new biographies of men and women who worked as educators and academics. New additions include Paul Samuelson, Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, Octavius Cotto, Mary Daly, Robert Leslie Wharton, and Mary Elizabeth Carnegie.

JANUARY 23, 2020

What's new: January 2020

This update features ten new biographies of figures who played important roles in defining laws and rights during the twentieth century, ranging from civil rights activists, members of Congress, journalists, and lawyers.