Among the most fascinating figures from America’s past are the men and women who performed some singular feat that’s been overlooked or gets only a bare mention in today’s history books. American Trailblazers celebrates a group of lesser-known Americans who left an enduring imprint on their time through their milestone innovations or inspirational accomplishments. These men and women come from every period in our nation’s history and all walks of life. What makes them worthy of note are their memorable life stories. Many of these individuals could be deemed heroes, others colorful iconoclasts. One or two might even be considered controversial, although their attainments were important nonetheless. The characters are organized into two groups representing the fields in which they excelled—Culture and Society or Science and Industry. From the fearless Quaker housewife who was hanged in Massachusetts in 1660 while fighting for religious freedom to the scientist who invented modern forensic toxicology, these trailblazers fix themselves firmly in our imagination with their mesmerizing stories. Meet the Trailblazers. (Gemini Originals, 2018)

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