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Adele Logan Alexander's research and teaching incorporate the black Atlantic world, African-American history, family history, gender issues and military and social history. Her first book examined the lives and significance of nonenslaved women of color in the rural antebellum South. Her second explored the Americanization and evolving citizenship of an African- (and Anglo-) American family in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2003 the African American Historical and Genealogical Society recognized her contributions to the study of family history with an award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution. She is an adjunct professor of history at George Washington University. Her books include "Homelands and Waterways: The American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846-1926" and "Ambiguous Lives: Free Women of Color in Rural Georgia." Her latest book is "Parallel Worlds: The Remarkable Gibbs-Hunts and the Enduring (In)Significance of Race" (University of Virginia Press).

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Adele Logan Alexander