Adam Wasserman is a native resident of Sarasota, Florida. He received his B.A. in History from Florida Atlantic University. Inspired by the People’s History series and other alternative historical texts, he has determined to base his writing and scholarly career on critical history, social change, and local and global social movements.
After carrying out extensive archival research, Wasserman decided to derive a comprehensive, people's history of where he was born and raised. People’s history weaves together a picture of how common or marginalized people experienced and influenced history through largely ignored primary sources and narratives.
Applying this revolutionary concept of history to his home state of Florida, Wasserman released A People’s History of Florida, 1513-1876: How Africans, Seminoles, Women, and Lower Class Whites Shaped the Sunshine State. A People’s History of Florida continues the People’s History approach, formatting “history from below” through the narratives and voices of everyday people ignored by the traditional history books. Rather than synthesizing the sources and composing a predigested narrative, Wasserman combines his own interpretations with large block quotes, allowing the voices of marginalized people to speak for themselves.
While focusing primarily on critical history, social issues, and contemporary politics, Wasserman’s catalogue is nothing if not diverse. In 2010, he released Two Sides to the Coin: A History of Gold, which narrates the social and economic history of gold from antiquity to the present-day. Wasserman consistently followed his formula of giving voice to those who have been traditionally silenced, focusing on the experiences of indigenous people, slaves, and workers who have been exploited and slaughtered by greed for gold. He also sought to counter traditional notions such as a universal human greed and desire for gold.
Wasserman is currently in the process of writing and researching several historical and social works. The next title he plans to release is "Labor is the Basis of All Wealth": Labor Radicalism and Black Disenfranchisement in Post-Reconstruction Florida, which focuses on the diverse experiences of blacks, women, white workers, immigrants, convicts, and others in Florida from the collapse of Reconstruction to the onset of Jim Crow. He seeks to show the role played by the struggles of common people before and after the collapse of democracy in the Sunshine State.