Page Smith

CHARLES PAGE SMITH (best known by his middle name) was a Baltimore native and United States historian, author, professor, and community activist. A veteran of World War II, he was awarded a Purple Heart for his service. Smith was the author of over twenty books, including the eight-volume A People’s History of the United States (the title of which served as inspiration for Howard Zinn) 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 organization, and improving the prison system. Page Smith died in August 1995, one day after the death of his beloved wife, Eloise.

He is the author of:

Tragic Encounter: The People’s History of Native Americans