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MAY 18, 2021

What's New: May 2021

This update features eight new biographies of important figures in the history of American journalism. It includes influential PBS news anchor and reporter Gwen Ifill; long-time CBS News correspondent Bob Simon; USA Today founder Al Neuharth; Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, journalist for the New Republic who was injured during World War I; Wall Street Journal editors Vermont Royster and Barney Kilgore; Marie Colvin, war reporter for UPI and the Sunday Times; and Jeremiah O’Sullivan, who played a key role in twentieth-century Catholic journalism.

APRIL 21, 2021

What's New: April 2021

This update features five 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; 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.

JANUARY 28, 2021

What's New: January 2021

This update features nine new biographies of major figures in the history of American music.  It includes superstar Mexican American singers Selena, Lalo Guerrero, and Jenni Rivera; Chuck Berry, widely recognized as an early creator of rock and roll; “At Last” singer Etta James; country legends Glen Campbell, Eddy Arnold, and Buck Owens; and guitar innovator Les Paul.

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

What's New: November 2020

This update features four new biographies of American religious figures. It includes Catholic theologian and public intellectual Michael Novak; Howard Hunter, a president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Stanislaus Petit Lalumiere, a Jesuit priest and cofounder of Marquette College; and Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, better known as Reverend Ike, an African American evangelist and popular preacher.

OCTOBER 22, 2020

What's New: October 2020

The October update features six new biographies, including American Council of Learned Societies leaders Frederick Burkhardt and Whitney J. Oates—please click here to learn more about ACLS and the ANB. The update also includes Maria Martin, whose illustrations enlivened the work of John Hames Audubon; technology professors Hamilton Lee and David Scott Campbell; and disgraced Nobel Prize winner D. Carleton Gadjusek.

OCTOBER 22, 2020

Discover the ACLS

As part of the October ANB update we’d like to call attention to the American Council of Learned Societies. We’re featuring two new essays on ACLS leaders and opening for free a dozen essays on major figures in ACLS history.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

What's new: September 2020

The September update of the American National Biography features five new essays, with a focus on the fields of science and medicine. It includes pediatrician, public health activist, and feminist Helen Rodríguez-Trías; cardiovascular surgeon and medical educator Michael E. DeBakey; nuclear physicist Herbert York; electrical engineer and computer pioneer J. Eckert Presper; and Grace Eldering, public health leader and bacteriologist who co-developed the pertussis vaccine.

AUGUST 27, 2020

What's new: August 2020

Turn to our August release to read the entries of 28 additional suffragists that were specifically commissioned to honor the centennial, with a second batch set to be released in the coming months. These suffrage profiles shift the focus away from the national leadership to the states and localities, providing a wider geographical sweep as well as documenting the contributions of rank-and-file activists. See what Grace Wilbur Trout was doing in Illinois, Ellen Clark Sargent in California, Susan Walker Fitzgerald in Massachusetts, Edna Fischel Gellhorn in Missouri, and Cora Smith Eaton King in Washington. They also represent our commitment to documenting the contributions of African American women to the suffrage movement. Women like Lethia Cousins Fleming, Hester Jeffrey, and Gertrude Bustill Mosell demonstrate how advocacy for the vote was always part of a larger agenda of improving conditions for the African American community at large.

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