About the Author:
Charles Page Smith (best known by his middle name) was a United States historian, author, professor and community activist. A veteran of the Second World War, he was awarded a Purple Heart for his service. He wrote more than twenty books, including the eight-volume series A People’s History of the United States and John Adams, which was awarded the Bancroft Prize in 1963 and was a finalist for the National Book Award. As a professor, he taught at UCLA and later was the founding provost of Cowell College at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As an activist, he was a lifelong advocate for the homeless, community organisation and improving the prison system. Page Smith died in August 1995, one day after the death of his beloved wife, Eloise.