Jan Earnst Matzeliger






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Congratulations on this splendid achievement...”


Natalie Zemon Davis

Prof. Emeritus, University of Toronto


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“Peggy Plet’s Jan Earnst Matzeliger: A Lasting Invention not only lends new insights into the life of Jan Earnst Matzeliger, it does so by situating his life story within the complicated dynamics of race, class, immigration, and the color line in Suriname and the United States. Plet is to be commended for this well-researched book that sheds light on an unsung American immigrant inventor.”


Gregory W. Streich

Chair, Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages

University of Central Missouri



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