An associate professor of history at Bowdoin College, Patrick Rael is a specialist in African American history. He is the author of numerous essays and books, including Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North (2002). He is the editor of African American Activism before the Civil War: The Freedom Struggle in the Antebellum North (2008) and a coeditor of Pamphlets of Protest: An Anthology of Early African-American Protest Literature (2001). He has also written extensively about teaching, has contributed to the development of African American history curricula, and for over a decade has led seminars and workshops on teaching American history in primary and secondary schools. He is currently working on a book entitled Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865.
- African American Activism before the Civil War
- What the Fathers Founded: The Constitution, Slavery, and Resistance before the Civil War
- Abraham Lincoln’s High-Wire Act: Race and Politics before the Civil War
- Historical Reflections on the Interracial Struggle to End Slavery
- Reel Memories: Film and the Popular History of the Civil Rights Movement
- Roadmaps to History: How to Read and Write Historical Arguments
- Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in History and Memory: Reappraising America’s Heroes