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2021 Ruth Ratner Miller Award for Excellence in American History

The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library will present the 2021 Ruth Ratner Miller Award to Heather Cox Richardson on Saturday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. The event will kick off this year's Concord Festival of Authors (October 15 - 31). Heather Cox Richardson, professor of American History at Boston College and esteemed author, who was recognized by the New York Times as “the breakout star of the newsletter platform Substack, doing the opposite of most media as she calmly situates the news of the day in the long sweep of American history.” [Read more and  register for the event] [View Miller Award Event Flyer]

Heather Cox Richardson teaches nineteenth-century American History at Boston College. Her early work focused on the transformation of political ideology from the Civil War to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt through the lens of race, economics, westward expansion, and the construction of the concept of an American middle class. Her celebrated newsletter, Letters from an American, generates millions through digital subscriptions. Her latest book, How the South Won the Civil War, was named one of The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction.

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