Friday, February 20, 2009
History Professor Juliet E.K. Walker knows first-hand the power of a book to shape history.
Earlier this year, the site of New Philadelphia, Ill., a town founded in 1836 by her great-great grandfather Frank McWorter, was named a National Historic Landmark, based on research she published in “Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier” (1983, 1995).
In the book, Walker documented the historic significance of McWorter’s life and New Philadelphia, which is the first known town platted and officially registered…