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Charles W. Carey Jr. (1951–) Biography - Personal, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

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Born 1951, in Norfolk, VA; Ethnicity: "Euro-American." Education: University of Virginia, B.A. (English), 1973; Virginia Tech, M.A. (history), 1995. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Canoeing, kayaking, miniature wargaming.


Freelance writer, 1996–. Adjunct history instructor at colleges, including Central Virginia Community College, 1995–2004, Lynchburg College, 1997–2001, Virginia Tech, 2003–, Roanoke College, 2003–, and Radford University, 2004.


Virginia Social Science Association.

Honors Awards

Writing fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, 1996–98; Spur Award finalist for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction, Western Writers of America, 2003, for The Mexican War.


George Washington Carver, Child's World (Chanhassen, MN), 1999.

The Emancipation Proclamation, Child's World (Chanhassen, MN), 2000.

American Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Business Visionaries, Facts on File (New York, NY), 2002.

The Mexican War: "Mr. Polk's War," Enslow Publishers (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2002.

(Editor) Life under Soviet Communism, Greenhaven Press (San Diego, CA), 2003.

Eugene V. Debs: Outspoken Labor Leaders and Socialist, Enslow Publishers (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2003.

(Editor) Castro's Cuba, Greenhaven Press (San Diego, CA), 2004.

(Editor) The Kennedy Assassination, Greenhaven Press (San Diego, CA), 2004.

African-American Political Leaders, Facts on File (New York, NY), 2004.

(Editor) The American Revolution, Greenhaven Press (San Diego, CA), 2004.

Living through the Korean War, Greenhaven Press (San Diego, CA), 2006.

American Scientists, Facts on File (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor to books, including Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery, Simon & Schuster, 1998; American National Biography, Oxford University Press, 1999; New Encyclopedia of American Scandal, Facts on File, 2001; Encyclopedia of American Political History, CQ Press, 2001; Invisible Giants: Fifty Americans Who Shaped the Nation but Missed the History Books, edited by Mark C. Carnes, Oxford University Press, 2002; and Dictionary of Historical Documents, Facts on File, 2003. Contributor to periodicals, including Virginia Social Science Journal.

Work in Progress

African Americans in Science, for ABC-Clio.


Charles W. Carey, Jr., told SATA: "I knew I wanted to write for a living when I was ten years old, but I didn't actually start until I was in my forties. I always wanted to write the Great American Novel until I realized I wrote lousy fiction. But in graduate school I discovered that I could write pretty good history, and I've been dong it ever since."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, November 1, 2002, review of American Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Business Visionaries, p. 522; July, 2004, review of African-American Political Leaders, p. 1860.

Choice, February, 2003, L. Kong, review of American Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Business Visionaries, p. 965; July-August, 2004, N.M. Allen, review of African-American Political Leaders, p. 2024.

School Library Journal, January, 2003, review of The Mexican War: "Mr. Polk's War," p. 150; October, 2003, Elizabeth Talbot, review of Life under Soviet Communism, p. 184; November, 2004, Doris Losey, review of Castro's Cuba, p. 160.

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