November Nominees

November 1: Parker David Robbins, the North Carolinian and US Colored Troops Civil War veteran who went on to an inspiring career as a politican, inventor, businessman, and exemplary late 20th century Renaissance Man.
November 4: A tie between two 20th century figures who heavily influenced American culture and society, if in profoundly different ways, Will Rogers and Ruth Handler.
November 5: A tie between two controversial and inspiring Americans who came to embody much of their respective eras: Benjamin Butler, the Civil War General, Reconstruction leader, and civil rights activist; and Ida Tarbell, the Gilded Age and Progressive-era muckraker par excellence. 
November 6: A tie between John Philip Sousa, whose compositions define America as much as any single musical voice and genre could; and Derrick Bell.
November 7: Herman Mankiewicz, in whose two best screenplays, for Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz, we have much of the darkest and the best in American identity.
November 8: Dorothy Day!
November 9: A tie between two very distinct but equally impressive, influential, and inspirational American astronomers, Benjamin Banneker and Carl Sagan.
November 10: A tie between two controversial, courageous, and influential American activists, Samuel Gridley Howe and Russell Means.
November 11: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.!
November 12: A tie between two very different but equally impressive and inspiring, and I would argue equally American, women, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
November 14: Aaron Copland, perhaps one of the first genuinely American classical composers and one whose best compositions continue to define our national landscape.
November 15: A tie between two pioneering, talented, and inspiring modernist artists, Marianne Moore and Georgia O’Keeffe.
November 16: W.C. Handy, the factory worker and son of ex-slaves who became one of America’s most pioneering and significant ragtime and blues musicians and composers.
November 17: A tie between two unique, influential, and very impressive American educators and activists, Yung Wing and Grace Abbott.
November 19: Allen Tate, whose perspective on America and race was as complex as for the rest of his fellow Agrarians, but whose poems and novel engage with great power with key regional and national questions of history and identity.
November 22: Abigail Adams, quite simply one of the most impressive and inspiring Americans.
November 24: Junipero Serra, who was certainly more of a Columbus than a Las Casas, but who can also help us connect to the founding and defining cross-cultural histories of California and America.
November 26: A tie between two inspiring abolitionists and women’s rights activists, Sojourner Truth and Sarah Grimke.
November 27: A tie between two pioneering, talented, and influential 20th century American writers, Charles Beard and James Agee.
November 29: A tie between two members of one of America’s most impressive families and father-daughter combos, Bronson Alcott and Louisa May Alcott.
November 30: A tie between Samuel Clemens (for all things Mark Twain, see that website!); and Shirley Chisholm, the politician, educator, and lifelong advocate for oppressed American communities.

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