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Neil Lanctot

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University of Delaware
223 John Munroe Hall
Newark, DE 19716
 

Biography

Neil Lanctot specializes in modern American history. A University of Pennsylvania graduate (B.A., 1987), Lanctot went on to study at Temple University (M.A., 1992) and received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 2002. He is the author of Fair Dealing and Clean Playing: The Hilldale Club and The Development of Black Professional Baseball, 1910-1932 (1994) and Negro League Baseball – The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution (2004), hailed by the New York Times as “prodigiously researched" and “enormously important." His third book, Campy – The Two Lives of Roy Campanella (Simon & Schuster, 2011), was named an alternate Book of the Month Club selection. His latest book, The Approaching Storm: Roosevelt, Wilson, Addams, and Their Clash Over America's Future, was published by Penguin/Random House in 2021 and was named best biography of the year by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Lanctot's writing has appeared in the Smithsonian, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, and several other journals and anthologies.  

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Books:

  • Campy - The Two Lives of Roy Campanella (Simon & Schuster, 2011)
  • Negro League Baseball - The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution (2004)
  • Fair Dealing and Clean Playing: The Hilldale Club and The Development of Black Professional Baseball, 1910-1932 (1994)
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