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Philip Dray

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Philip Dray is the author of At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen was a New York Times Notable Book and received the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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At the Hands of Persons Unknown
The Lynching of Black America
Written by Philip Dray


Format: eBook, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $2.99

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At the Hands of Persons Unknown
The Lynching of Black America
Written by Philip Dray


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $18.00

Winner of:
the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

Finalist for:
the Pulitzer Prize
the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

This extraordinary account of lynching in America, by acclaimed civil rights historian Philip Dray, shines a clear, bright light on American history’s darkest stain—illuminating its causes, perpetrators, apologists... Read more >
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Stealing God's Thunder
Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod and the Invention of America
Written by Philip Dray


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 27, 2005
Price: $14.95

Stealing God’s Thunder is a concise, richly detailed biography of Benjamin Franklin viewed through the lens of his scientific inquiry and its ramifications for American democracy. Today we think of Benjamin Franklin as a founder of American independence who also dabbled in science. But in Franklin’s day it was otherwise. Long... Read more >
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Stealing God's Thunder
Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod and the Invention of America
Written by Philip Dray


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: August 2, 2005
Price: $11.99

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There is Power in a Union

Written by Philip Dray


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $12.99

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There Is Power in a Union
The Epic Story of Labor in America
Written by Philip Dray


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $19.95

From the nineteenth-century textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the triumph of unions in the twentieth century and their waning influence today, the contest between labor and capital for the American bounty has shaped our national experience.

In this stirring new history, Philip Dray shows us the vital accomplishments of organized labor... Read more >
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