History Department
History Department

What's on your nightstand, Juliet Walker?

Fri, February 20, 2009

Earlier this year, the site of New Philadelphia, Ill., a town founded in 1836 by her great-great grandfather Frank McWorter, was named a National Historic Landmark, based on research she published in Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier (1983, 1995).

In the book, Walker documented the historic significance of McWorter’s life and New Philadelphia, which is the first known town platted and officially registered by an African American before the Civil War.

“The search for the reality of a usable African American historic past, as well as assessments that provide insight on the contemporary black experience often propel my book selection,” Walker says.

Read the rest of this story on UT's ShelfLife blog:
What's on your nightstand, Juliet Walker?

Jennifer McAndrew
Public Affairs Specialist, College of Liberal Arts

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