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Writer and historian
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divorce, marriage, exploration, OSS, women's history, food history
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April White is the author of The Divorce Colony (Hachette Books), the amazing true story of the 19th-century socialites who revolutionized marriage. “A spellbinding into a forgotten history,” says Library Journal. ” Booklist calls it “a valuable and intriguing contribution to American social history.”

April previously worked as a senior writer and editor at Atlas Obscura, and as an editor at Smithsonian Magazine, where she oversaw the publication’s history-focused coverage. She holds a master’s degree in history and has told surprising tales from the archives for publications including the Washington Post, The Atavist Magazine, and JSTOR Daily.

Recent Publications

Escape from the Gilded Cage. Smithsonian Magazine (Book excerpt)

Leave the Capitol damaged. It would remind us how fragile our democracy is, Washington Post

Spelling bee champ Zaila Avant-garde was inspired by a Black girl named MacNolia Cox, Washington Post

How the Influenza Pandemic Popularized Lemons, Gastro Obscura

A Brief History of Comfort Food, JSTOR Daily

Inside a Nineteenth-Century Quest to End Addiction, JSTOR Daily

A Summit Higher than Everest

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Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Food History, Government, Politics, Women, World War II