Philip Dray

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Philip Dray is an American writer and independent public historian, known for his comprehensive analyses of American scientific, racial, and labor history.


Dray's work At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.[1] He was a finalist in 2003 for a Pulitzer Prize in history.[2]


  • Philip Dray. There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America. Doubleday, 2010. ISBN 978-0-385-52629-6
  • Philip Dray. Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen. Mariner Books, 2010. ISBN 978-0-547-24797-7
  • Philip Dray. Stealing God's Thunder: Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod and the Invention of America. Random House, 2005. ISBN 978-0-8129-6810-1
  • Philip Dray. At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America. Modern Library, 2003. ISBN 978-0-375-75445-6

Children's books[edit]

  • Philip Dray. Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Peachtree, 2008. ISBN 978-1-56145-417-4


  1. ^ "2003: "At the Hands of Persons Unknown", by Philip Dray; and "A Problem from Hell", by Samantha Power". Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  2. ^ Pulitzer Prize Office. "The 2003 Pulitzer Prize Winners: History". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-05-28.

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Independent reviews[edit]

At the Hands of Persons Unknown

Power in a Union

Stealing God's Thunder

Capitol men