Meet 50 trailblazers who made the United States what it is today in this gorgeously illustrated biography book. With one trailblazer from every state, you'll discover how Rosa Parks from Alabama fought for civil rights, how Barack Obama from Hawaii proved an African-American could be President, how Joe Biden from Delaware protected women from domestic violence, and how Betty Ford from Michigan improved treatment for drug addiction.
Each spread features a timeline of the trailblazer's life, key facts about their achievements, and how their trailblazing continues today. By honoring people who strove in the areas of equal rights, feminism, and environmentalism/conservation, this fact-packed book celebrates what makes America great, then and now.
Alabama: Rosa Parks; Alaska: Margaret Murie; Arizona: Cesar Chavez; Arkansas: All-American Redheads (women's basketball team); California: Colin Kaepernick; Colorado: Corky Gonzales; Connecticut: Rebecca Lobo; Delaware: Joe Biden; Florida: Emma Gonzalez; Georgia: Jackie Robinson; Hawaii: Barack Obama; Idaho: Marilyn Schuler; Illinois: Betty Friedan; Indiana: Eugene V. Debs; Iowa: Carrie Chapman Catt; Kansas: William Allen White; Kentucky: Muhammad Ali; Louisiana: Norris Henderson; Maine: Dorothea Dix; Maryland: Thurgood Marshall; Massachusetts: W.E.B. DuBois; Michigan: Betty Ford; Minnesota: Maya Moore; Mississippi: Myrlie Evers-Williams; Missouri: Michael Harrington; Montana: Barbara Ehrenreich; Nebraska: Susette La Flesche; Nevada: Velma Bronn Johnson; New Hampshire: Doris Haddock; New Jersey: Paul Robeson; New Mexico: Notah Begay; New York: Margaret Sanger; North Carolina: Jessica McDonald; North Dakota: Dave Archambault; Ohio: LeBron James; Oklahoma: Woody Guthrie; Oregon: Lola Baldwin; Pennsylvania: Rachel Carson; Rhode Island: Marjorie van Vliet; South Carolina: Sarah and Angelina Grimke; South Dakota: Hubert Humphrey; Tennessee: Hattie Caraway; Texas: Lyndon Johnson; Utah: David Nelson; Vermont: Clarina I.H. Nichols; Virginia: Mildred Loving; Washington: Jenny Durkan; West Virginia: Debbie Null; Wisconsin: Robert LaFollette; Wyoming: Harriet Elizabeth Byrd
About the Author
Abbey Lossing is an illustrator and animator based in Brooklyn, NY. She grew up in Granville, Ohio, and relocated to NYC after attaining a degree in Illustration from Syracuse University. Having worked as a staff illustrator at BuzzFeed and then Vice News she took the leap into full-time freelance in 2017. Since then she has worked with Facebook, Google, Target, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Working in Photoshop from initial sketch right to the colored final, Abbey uses a Cintiq to maintain the presence of her hand in her digital work. Often inspired by fashion and textiles, she loves to integrate patterns into her work and when she's not working digitally she loves to revisit her background in screen printing and get her hands dirty. If she's not creating art, Abbey can usually be found walking the sidewalks of NYC, seeking out new food she's never tried.
Howard Megdal is a journalist and editor who has worked hard over his career to equalise coverage between both men and women’s sports. His career has seen him work in many various rolls including as a sports columnist for POLITICO New York, Editorial Director for Excelle Sports and Editor-in-Chief for High Post Hoops. Howard is always curious, always seeking the deeper story, the connection between a stat and how it got that way, looking to shine a light on what is missed elsewhere. He has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Forbes.