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Ron Soodalter


Ron Soodalter is a writer, a passionate educator, and a respected historian. He holds a B.A. in American History from Boston University, an M.A. in Education from New York University, and an M.A. in American Folk Culture from the State University of New York. A lifelong student of American History, he has taught extensively, and has worked as curator of the Littleton Historical Museum, Littleton, Colorado.

Soodalter was a consultant to the New York State Historical Association, and was named to the Board of Directors of the 10-state Mountain-Plains Museum Conference. He currently teaches classes and seminars to all age groups on the historic and modern-day slave trade and serves on the Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Institute. He has written numerous articles for such magazines as Smithsonian, New York Archives, and Civil War Times, and is a featured columnist for America's Civil War.

Soodalter is co-author, with Free the Slaves president Kevin Bales, of The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today (UC Press, 2009). He is also author of Hanging Captain Gordon: The Life and Trial of an American Slave Trader (Atria 2006), a non-fiction account of the only man in U.S. history to be executed for the crime of slave trading.

Focus: Culture, Human Rights, Migration, Trade, United States, Americas

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Last Updated: Apr 28, 2016

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