Junius P. Rodriguez

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Junius Rodriguez
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Education Nicholls State University (BA)
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (MA)
Auburn University (PhD)

Junius P. Rodriguez is a professor of history at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, who has been the general editor of multiple major reference books on the history of slavery in the United States and the world, as well as related topics such as black history and abolitionism. His work on the history of slavery is notable and acclaimed as "outstanding" by other scholars and by librarians, who have recommended it as part of the core collection for every academic library and many public libraries as well.

In July 2017, Rodriguez announced his candidacy for the U.S. House representing Illinois's 18th congressional district in the 2018 U.S. federal midterm election.[1]


Rodriguez grew up in Louisiana. After earning his B.A. from Nicholls State University (1979), he taught in the public school system of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, for nearly a decade. Rodriguez served a term as Parish Councilman in Lafourche Parish from 1979-1983.[2]

Rodriguez earned his M.A. from Louisiana State University (1987), and Ph.D. from Auburn University (1992).[3][4] Rodriguez has been a professor of history at Eureka College since 1992.[5] John Greenfieldt and Patrice Bartell recommended his Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion for public library core collections.[6]

Rodriguez consulted on the development of the documentary Human Bondage, which aired as part of the History Channel's History's Mysteries series in 2000.[3] In 2002, he helped draw national attention to the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade. Journalist DeWayne Wickham described his efforts as "a perfect teachable moment for discussion and reflection" that was fitting for the event.[7][8]

Rodriguez unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Republican congressman Darin LaHood of Illinois's 18th congressional district in 2016, running as a Democrat. He won 27.9% of the vote to LaHood's 72.1%.[9] His number of votes was the second most ever earned by a Democrat in the Illinois 18th District, despite running as a vacancy appointment on a shortened campaign schedule.


  • The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery, two volumes (1997) – ABC-CLIO
    • Review:[10] and h
    • Reviews Journal of Southern History,[11]
  • Chronology of World Slavery (1999) – ABC-CLIO[12]
  • The Louisiana Purchase: A Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia (2002) – ABC-CLIO
  • Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion, two volumes (2007) - Greenwood
    • Review: Booklist [13]
    • Review: Public library core collection [14]
  • Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia, two volumes (2007) – ABC-CLIO
    • Reviews: Library Media Connection [15]
  • Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World, three volumes (2007)
    • Reviews: Against the Grain [16]
  • Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression (ABC-CLIO, 2 vol 2011)

In 2000, Chronology of World Slavery, was included in "Outstanding reference sources 2000", from the American Library Association.


  1. ^ Vlahos, Nick. "Nick in the AM: Junius Rodriguez to run for Congress again". pjstar.com. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Louisiana's Road to the Future," The Daily Comet, Sept. 22, 1987.
  3. ^ a b Contemporary Authors, Vol. 170, p. 359; Contemporary Authors New Revised Series, Vol. 125, p.304
  4. ^ Rodriguez CV
  5. ^ Eureka College profile
  6. ^ John Greenfieldt and Patrice Bartell, Public library core collection: a selection guide to reference books and adult nonfiction (2008) p. 206.
  7. ^ DeWayne Wickham, "Sad Anniversary Needs Reflection," USA Today, March 31, 2002
  8. ^ Lewis W. Diuguid, Discovering the Real America: Toward A More Perfect Union (Boca Raton, FL: BrownWalker Press, 2007), p. 162.
  9. ^ "Illinois General Election 2016". Illinois State Board of Elections. 2016-11-08. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  10. ^ Hupp, Stephen L.; Kohl, David F. Reference & User Services Quarterly, Fall 1998, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p96-96;
  11. ^ John K. Thornton, The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 65, No. 3 (Aug., 1999), pp. 604-605 "On the whole, however, this is a valuable resource, and one that repays curious browsing as well as focused research. It is well worthwhile for small libraries to pay the asking price for these large and handsome volumes"
  12. ^ Journal of Southern History, Feb. 2002, Vol. 68 Issue 1, p246-47;
  13. ^ Stratton, Steve. Booklist, 8/1/2007, Vol. 103 Issue 22, p 102;
  14. ^ John Greenfieldt and Patrice Bartell, Public library core collection: a selection guide to reference books and adult nonfiction (2008) p. 206 "provides a solid examination of the history of resistance to slavery and begins to examine some of the cultural issues that both maintained slavery and downplayed resistance….The text will serve as a good accompaniment to reference materials on slavery, so that readers understand that with slavery went resistance. It is recommended for public and academic libraries."
  15. ^ Glantz, Shelley. Library Media Connection, Oct 2007, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p91;
  16. ^ Against the Grain, November 2007, p. 65;

External links

  • Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World — official page at the Routledge web site.
  • Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion — official page at the ABC-CLIO web site.
  • Chronology of World Slavery (1999)— official page at the ABC-CLIO web site.
  • Rodriguez for Congress - campaign web site
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