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Cecelia Tichi is the author of eleven books, including mystery novels and nonfiction. She is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and Professor of American Studies at Vanderbilt University and the winner of the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American literature. She has lectured by invitation at universities and community groups of upwards of one thousand persons on topics ranging from technological change to national monuments.

Listed in Who's Who, she held the honorific Chair of Modem Culture at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in 2005-07 and in 2009 has been named the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library (San Marino, California).

Cecelia's recent books and public presentations explore the relation of citizen activism to progressive social change in the United States. Her Exposes and Excess: Muckraking in America 1900/2000 (2004) showed how corrective civic action is inspired by vibrant writers' fact-filled narratives that expose special interests' and governmental damage and dishonesty.

Her newest book, Civic Passions: Seven Who Launched Progressive America (And What They Teach Us) tells the story of seven Americans of the Gilded Age—three men and four women—who laid the foundation for human rights in modem democratic America.

Tichi shows how these seven, seeking neither fame nor celebrity, shaped public opinion and legislation on such critical issues as workplace health and safety, child labor, public utilities, and the right to be educated at public expense. Brought to life in this book, these seven exemplify leadership in the kinds of crises that demand civic action in twenty-first century America.

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