What's new: January 2020

January 23, 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. It includes the towering academic and activist John Hope Franklin; LULAC activists Pete Tijerina and Alice Dickerson Montemayor; the suffragist Mabel Vernon; and Cherokee activist and educator Ruth Muskrat Bronson.

Bronson, Ruth Muskrat (3 Oct. 1897–12 June 1982), cherokee activist, educator, and federal official

Cahn, Jean Camper (26 May 1935–2 Jan. 1991), lawyer and advocate for the poor

De la Garza, Kika (22 Sept. 1927–13 Mar. 2017), U.S. representative and agricultural policy leader

Dunnigan, Alice Allison (27 Apr. 1906–6 May 1983),  journalist and civil rights activist

Franklin, John Hope (2 Jan. 1915–25 Mar. 2009), historian, author, civil rights activist, and public intellectual

Montemayor, Alice Dickerson (6 Aug. 1902–13 May 198, Mexican American feminist and civil rights activist

Robinson, Amelia Boynton (18 Aug. 1911–26 Aug. 2015, civil rights activist

Tijerina, Pedro “Pete” Jr. (1922–2003), attorney and civil rights activist

Tijerina, Reies López (21 Sept. 1926–19 Jan. 2015), political activist

Vernon, Mabel (10 Sept. 1883–2 Sept. 1975),  suffragist, political organizer, and peace activist

The American National Biography (ANB) is updated regularly throughout the year, giving you access to the most up-to-date and accurate information available. Full access to all biographies is available by subscription.

Discover a full list of entries added this year.