OCALA, Fla. – February 28, 2021
In Freedom of the Press in Small-Town America: My Opinions, Steve Hochstadt offers readers a chance to be transported to the political and social climate of Jacksonville, Illinois. During a 9-year career as an op-ed columnist for a small-town newspaper in America’s heartland, Steve Hochstadt wrote about all the key issues of 21st-century American life. From family holidays to police brutality, climate science to fatherhood, partisan politics to economic inequality, to racism and sexism and truth in politics, he covered it all. He used weekly opinion columns to trace our country’s political history as well as his own journey as a journalist-historian.
Holocaust historian, child of a Jewish refugee, and admirer of Jackie Robinson, his personal background gives him a unique perspective on political issues in this country. He relies on history, careful logic, and real evidence to back his personal opinions. The stories Hochstadt tells are both universal and particular, constructed by observing America and the world from the vantage point of Jacksonville and his own family history. His essays connect national politics and daily life in small-town America. Hochstadt’s optimistic belief in the power of liberal journalism transforms these essays into a message of hope to all Americans.
Full of compelling stories and clear writing, this is a book you won’t want to miss.
Steve Hochstadt grew up on Long Island and earned a BA and PhD at Brown University. He taught history at Bates College in Maine for 27 years and at Illinois College in Jacksonville from 2006-2016. His early research measured migration in Germany and his book, Mobility and Modernity: Migration in Germany, 1820-1989 won the Sharlin Prize of the Social Science History Association. After that, the Holocaust became his focus and he wrote Sources of the Holocaust, a document collection that is used across the country in Holocaust courses. His grandparents escaped from Vienna to Shanghai in 1939, and two books reveal the refugee experience: Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich and Shanghai-Geschichten: Die jüdische Flucht Nach China. He sits on the International Advisory Board of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. In his free time he is a flower gardener and pancake maker.
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Author: Steve Hochstadt
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Inc.
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Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62023-820-2
E-book ISBN: 978-1-62023-821-9
Retail Price: $21.95
Publication Date: November 24, 2020