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Carl Neumann Degler

Carl Neumann Degler (February 6, 1921 in Newark, New Jersey - December 27, 2014 in Palo Alto, California) was a United States historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He was the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History Emeritus at Stanford University.[1]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Bibliography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Degler was born New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945. He earned a BA in history from Upsala College, and master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.[2]


Degler taught history at

  • "In Pursuit of an American History" 1986 AHA Presidential Address
  • The Pulitzer Prizes

External links

  1. ^ Brennan, Elizabeth A. and Clarage, Elizabeth C. (1999). Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners, p. 309. Phoenix, Arizona: The Oryx Press. ISBN 1-57356-111-8.
  2. ^ a b c d Parker, Clifton B. (January 7, 2015). "Stanford Pulitzer Prize-winning historian dies at 93". Stanford Report. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  3. ^


  • Out of Our Past: The Forces That Shaped Modern America (1959)
  • Neither Black Nor White: Slavery and Race Relations in Brazil and the United States (1972)
  • The Other South - Southern Dissenters in the Nineteenth Century (1974)
  • Place Over Time: The Continuity of Southern Distinctiveness, (1977)
  • At Odds : Women and the Family in America from the Revolution to the Present (1981)
  • In Search of Human Nature: The Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought (1991)
  • The Third American Revolution (1959)

Degler's works include:[3]


He died in Palo Alto, California on December 27, 2014 at the age of 93.[2]

Degler was married to Catherine Grady, whom he met at Columbia, for nearly 50 years until her death. He was married to Teresa Baker Degler for the last 14 years of his life. He had two children and four grandchildren.

Personal life

In 1973-1974 he was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.

[2] He has been described as "a scholarly champion of the common man and woman in American history" and as "a founding feminist". He was one of only two male founding members of the

In 1972 Degler was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History for his book Neither Black nor White (1971), a work comparing slavery and race relations in Brazil and the United States. He earlier wrote Out of Our Past (1959), a study of United States history that is currently used in high school and college classrooms and study chambers throughout the United States. Along with Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, it presents neglected and conflicting viewpoints, and thus can be used to help give a more complete view of American history.


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