The Friends of the Robbins Library is delighted to welcome Stephen Puleo, author, historian, teacher, public speaker, and communications professional. His latest book, The Great Abolitionist: Charles Sumner and the Fight for a More Perfect Union, being published by St. Martin’s Press in April, 2024, will be the topic of discussion at the event on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Puleo has published seven other narrative history books:

  • Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America’s First Humanitarian Mission, published (2020)
  • American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address (2016)
  • The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War (2012)
  • A City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900 (2010)
  • The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day (2007)
  • Due to Enemy Action: The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56 (2005)
  • Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 (2003)

A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor of articles and book reviews to publications and organizations that include American History magazine, Politico, the Boston Globe, and the Bill of Rights Institute, Puleo has taught history at Suffolk University in Boston and at UMass-Boston. He also has developed and taught numerous writing workshops for high school and college students, as well as for adults who aspire to be writers.

Puleo holds a master’s degree in history from UMass-Boston, where he received the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement and was the Graduate Convocation keynote speaker. His master’s thesis, From Italy to Boston’s North End: Italian Immigration and Settlement, 1890-1910, has been downloaded nearly 24,000 times by scholars and readers around the world. Puleo is also a Massachusetts Historical Society Fellow, and a past recipient of the prestigious i migliori award, presented by the Pirandello Lyceum to Italian-Americans who have excelled in their fields of endeavor. Puleo and his wife Kate, who live south of Boston, donate a portion of his book proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Join the Friends for what will no doubt be a fascinating discussion with Stephen Puleo on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 in the Community Room of the Robbins Library (lower level). The event is free and open to all.

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