OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Richard S. Newman

Portrait of Richard S. Newman

Richard Newman directs the Library Company of Philadelphia and specializes in the study of American reformers in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, including early black leaders, abolitionists, and modern environmentalists. He is the author or editor of five books including The Transformation of American Abolitionism (2002) and Freedom's Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers (2008). He is also a coeditor of the book series "Race in the Atlantic World," copublished by the Library Company, and he serves on the advisory councils of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.

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