Globe Pequot / Lyons Press
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978-1-4930-4134-3 • Hardback • December 2019 • $24.95 • (£18.99)
978-1-4930-5942-3 • Paperback • November 2022 • $18.95 • (£14.99)
978-1-4930-4135-0 • eBook • December 2019 • $18.00 • (£13.99)
Jerry Mikorenda’s articles and op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The Boston Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, and Wall Street Journal as well as various other magazines. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Master’s Program at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School.
A member of SCBWI and BIO (Biographers International Organization), his history profiles are included in the 2010 Encyclopedia of New York City and on the Gotham Center’s History Blog. In 2015, the popular American Heroes Channel (AHC) program, What History Forgot interviewed the author for a segment about Elizabeth Jennings. He lives in Northport, NY.
“Here's a story every American should know. Cleanly and smartly, Jerry Mikorenda brings burgeoning 19th-century New York alive, laying bare the connections between his heroine's courageous stand and the long struggle for civil rights. America’s First Freedom Rider is an impressive and inspiring weaving of our history and a timely reminder that one person can change the world.”
—Stewart O’Nan, author of The Circus Fire and Everyday People
“Jerry Mikorenda brings to light the little-known story of civil rights champion Elizabeth Jennings, who broke racial barriers by integrating New York’s transit system a century before Rosa Parks. This is an important addition to the city’s complex history and one that should not be missed.”
--Lisa Keller, Professor of History, Purchase College SUNY & Executive Editor of the Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd Ed.)