Benjamin Fagan received his PhD in English from the University of Virginia and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His current book project examines the pivotal role played by black newspapers in the formation of antebellum black nationalism.
Carl Ostrowski is Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. His account of the early history of the Library of Congress, Books, Maps, and Politics: A Cultural History of the Library of Congress, 1783-1861, won the 2007 Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award from the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association. He has published articles on American literature in a number of journals, including Studies in American Fiction, African American Review, ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, and Modern Language Studies.
Karen A. Bearor is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the art history department at Florida State University, where she teaches U.S. art, photography, and film, and global women's art. Her essay "Light Play in Abstract Art and Film" appeared in Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North American, 1920s-50s (2010). She continues to work on a book on the Design Laboratory, a WPA school of industrial design.
Randall Patnode teaches mass media at Xavier University in Cincinnati. His research focuses on the history of media technologies.
Gary Scharnhorst is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, editor of American Literary Realism, and editor in alternating years of the research annual American Literary Scholarship. He is presently working on a biography of Julian Hawthorne. [End Page 198]