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The National Book Foundation has named Indian American historian-author Manisha Sinha’s book, “The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition,” to the Longlist for the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. (Manisha Sinha/Twitter photo)

Indian American historian-author Manisha Sinha’s book, “The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition,” is on this year’s National Book Foundation’s Longlist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction.

The foundation describes the book as: “A groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War.”

The finalists will be revealed Oct. 13, and the winners will be announced during the National Book Awards ceremony and benefit dinner Nov. 19.

Sinha, one among ten nominees for the award, is a professor and graduate program director of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

She was born in India and received her Ph.D. from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft Prize. Her first book, “The Counterrevolution of Slavery,” was named one of the ten best books on slavery by Politico in 2015. Having appeared on Jon Steward’s “The Daily Show” in 2014, Sinha has written for The New York Times, The New York Daily News and The Huffington Post.

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