School of Journalism Faculty Eric Freedman's book Presidents and Black America: A Documentary History, has been named to the 2013 Outstanding References Sources List by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association.
The book, which Freedman authored with Central Michigan University's Stephen Jones, is the first of its kind to document all of the American presidents and their complex relationships with African Americans,from the earliest days of the Republic through the start of the Obama administration.
The book is designed for everyone from advanced scholars to casual readers of history.
"It puts human faces and human situations onto the official 'This is what President So-and-So did.' It reinforces to me that history is more than simply dates and places, formal events and the language used," said Freedman.
Freedman is a former reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and co-author Stephen Jones is a former newspaper editor and MSU alum who is currently a faculty member in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University.
The Reference and User Services Association, which represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers' advisory and resource sharing, is the foremost organization for reference and information professionals in the field.