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John Stauffer

John Stauffer is chair and professor of the History of American Civilization at Harvard University and the award-winning author of The Black Hearts of Men and other books on the Civil War era, including Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Pathfinder
Written by James Fenimore Cooper, Afterword by Thomas Berger, Introduction by John Stauffer
Signet | Paperback | July 2006
$8.95/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53019-6 (0-451-53019-5)

The third novel in James Fennimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, starring the heroic Natty Bumppo.
Vigorous, self-reliant, amazingly resourceful, and moral, Natty Bumppo is the prototype of the Western hero. A faultless arbiter of wilderness justice, he hates middle-class hypocrisy. But he finds his love divided between the woman he has... Read more

My Bondage and My Freedom
Written by Frederick Douglass, Introduction by John Stauffer
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2003
$12.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7031-9 (0-8129-7031-4)

My Bondage and My Freedom,” writes John Stauffer in his Foreword, “[is] a deep meditation on the meaning of slavery, race, and freedom, and on the power of faith and literacy, as well as a portrait of an individual and a nation a few years before the Civil War.” As his... Read more

The Portable Frederick Douglass
Written by Frederick Douglass, Edited by John Stauffer and Henry Louis Gates, Introduction by John Stauffer and Henry Louis Gates
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 2016
$22.00/29.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310681-4 (0-14-310681-3)

A new collection of the seminal writings and speeches of a legendary writer, orator, and civil rights leader
This compact volume offers a full course on the remarkable, diverse career of Frederick Douglass, letting us hear once more a necessary historical figure whose guiding voice is needed now as urgently... Read more

The State of Jones
Written by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer
Anchor | Trade Paperback | May 2010
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-7679-2946-2 (0-7679-2946-2)

In 1863, after surviving the devastating Battle of Corinth, Newton Knight, a poor farmer from Mississippi, deserted the Confederate Army and began a guerrilla battle against the Confederacy. A pro-Union sympathizer in the deep South who refused to fight a rich man’s war for slavery and cotton, for two years he... Read more