A best-selling author series by American Ancestors

Stories of American history, heritage, and culture

As part of our mission to educate, inspire and connect people to their family history, the American Inspiration Author Series explores themes of personal identity, families, immigration, and social and cultural history. Discover inspiring and thought-provoking stories of American families and the complex history which has shaped this country.

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The Brue Family Learning Center

American Inspiration: A best-selling author series by American Ancestors

Our Partners

American Inspiration Author Series partners with a variety of influential Boston institutions for many of our events, including Boston Public Library, GBH Forum Network, Museum of African American HistoryPorter Square Books, and the State Library of Massachusetts.

Porter Square Books, Boston Public Library, GBH, Museum of African American History, State Library of Massachusetts

Upcoming Events

Author Event
Online
Free

Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War: The Union Army

Join author Adam D. Mendelsohn in conversation with Professor Jonathan D. Sarna as they discuss Mendelson’s acclaimed new book about the stories and struggles of the Union Army’s Jewish soldiers.

January 31, 2023

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center

Author Event
Online
Free

Matthew F. Delmont with Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad

Join civil rights expert Matthew Delmont for a discussion of his new work, which reveals the long-overlooked experiences of Black soldiers during World War II.

Moderated by Christian Walkes
February 2, 2023

American Inspiration Author Series

Author Event
Online
Free

The Greatest Athlete in American History: Jim Thorpe or Bo Jackson? Two Bestselling Authors Debate

Join us for a spirited debate between two celebrated journalists and bestselling authors: Who is the greatest athlete in American history: Jim Thorpe or Bo Jackson? Both made history on the field, and off. Votes will be counted!

Moderated by Dan Shaughnessy
February 23, 2023

American Inspiration Author Series

Author Event
Online
Free

Margaret A. Burnham with By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow’s Legal Executioners

Hear about this new work from author Margaret Burnham which sheds light on the violence of the Jim Crow era, drawing from an archive of nearly one thousand previously undocumented racial homicides gathered by Northeastern University School of Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.

Moderated by Linda Hirshman
February 27, 2023

American Inspiration Author Series

Author Event
Online
Free

Richard Cohen with Making History: The Storytellers Who Shaped the Past

Explore world history and meet those recording it, from Julius Caesar to William Shakespeare to Ken Burns. This remarkable and comprehensive work looks at how their biases influence our understanding about the past.

March 7, 2023

American Inspiration Author Series

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Recent Past Events

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