A Virtual Festival Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7, 2021

H.W. Brands

University of Texas

Appearing Courtesy of Karen Zittleman & David Sadker

Henry W. Brands is a New York Times best-selling historian and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. He teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds a senior chair in the history department. 

He has authored more than 30 books about topics in American history, like the presidency and the western frontier. He has also written articles for major newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He appears on national radio and television programs. His writings have been translated into multiple languages including German, Russian and Chinese. 

Brands' latest work is "The Zealot and the Emancipator," which narrates the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abraham Lincoln.


Scheduled events:
Prophets and Statesmen
Historians H.W. Brands and Peter Cozzens discuss the lives of John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa and how they altered the trajectory of American history.

Desert Diamond Casinos Stage (Seats 1000)
Sun, Mar 7, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography

Panelists: H.W. Brands, Peter Cozzens
Moderator: S.C. Gwynne

The Zealot and the Emancipator
John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom
History / Biography
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
October 2020
ISBN 9780385544009
Hardcover, 464 pages
$30.00, INSTORE
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Bestselling historian H. W. Brands narrates the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abraham Lincoln - two men moved to radically different acts to confront our nation's gravest sin.

Dreams of El Dorado
A History of the American West
History / Biography
Basic Books
October 2020
ISBN 9781541672543
Paperback, 544 pages

H. W. Brands tells the panoramic story of the settling of the American West.

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