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Nell Irvin Painter

Nell Irvin Painter is the award-winning author of many books, including Sojourner Truth, Southern History Across the Color Line, Creating Black Americans, The History of White People, and Standing at Armageddon. She is currently the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and lives in Newark, New Jersey, and the Adirondacks.

Books by Nell Irvin Painter

  1. Book CoverExodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction

    The first major migration to the North of ex-slaves.More

  2. Book CoverThe History of White People

    A New York Times bestseller: “This terrific new book . . . [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive.”—Boston GlobeMore

  3. Book CoverThe Narrative of Hosea Hudson: The Life and Times of a Black Radical

    “Among the many exemplary qualities of this narrative and its hero is their lack of sentimentality. For Hosea Hudson, there is no romance of American Communism; instead, his relationship with the Communist Party is a model of mutual exploitation. . . . [A] marvelous book. Moving, fearful, and funny, Hudson and Painter’s Narrative is as valuable an American life as has ever been wrested from anonymity.” —Benita Eisler, The NationMore

  4. Book CoverSojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol

    A monumental biography of one of the most important black women of the nineteenth century.More

  5. Book CoverStanding at Armageddon: A Grassroots History of the Progressive Era

    "A consistently engrossing, occasionally irreverent, always smoothly written history of America's painful entry into the modern age."—Kirkus ReviewsMore