David Herbert Donald

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General Information

Name: David Herbert Donald

Pen Name: None

Genres: History

Born: 1920 in Goodman, Mississippi

Deceased: 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts



Illinois Connection

David Herbert Donald earned his masters degree in History in 1942 and his PhD in 1946 at the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Majoring in history and sociology, Donald earned his bachelor degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He earned his PhD in 1946 under the eminent, leading Lincoln scholar, James G. Randall at the University of Illinois. Randall as a mentor had a big influence on Donald's life and career, and encouraged his protege to write his dissertation on Lincoln's law partner, William Herndon. The dissertation eventually became his first book, Lincoln's Herndon, published in 1948. The effect Randall had on Donald was later illustrated by the fact that he gave his only son the middle name Randall in honor of his former mentor. After graduating, he taught at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins and, from 1973, Harvard University. He also taught at Smith College, the University of North Wales, Princeton University, University College London and served as Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. At Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Harvard he trained dozens of g raduate students including Jean H. Baker, William J. Cooper, Jr., Michael Holt, Irwin Unger, and Ari Hoogenboom. He received the Pulitzer Prize twice (1961 and 1988), several honorary degrees, and served as president of the Southern Historical Association.

David H. Donald was the Charles Warren Professor of American History (emeritus from 1991) at Harvard University. He wrote over thirty books, including well received biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Wolfe and Charles Sumner. He specialized in the Civil War and Reconstruction periods, and in the history of the South.


Published Works

Lincoln, Simon & Schuster, 1996

We Are Lincoln Men: Abraham Lincoln and His Friends, Simon & Schuster , 2004

Why the North Won the Civil War , Simon & Schuster, 1996

Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era , Vintage, 2001

Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War , Sourcebooks, Inc., 2009

Lincoln At Home : Two Glimpses of Abraham Lincoln's Family Life, Simon & Schuster , 2003

Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe , Harvard University Press, 2003

Liberty and Union , Little Brown & Co , 1978

Lincoln at Home: 2 Glimpses of Abraham Lincoln's Domestic Life, White House Historical Association , 1999

Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe , Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1988


Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Lincoln

ISBN: 068482535X
Release Date: 1996-11-05

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We Are Lincoln Men: Abraham Lincoln and His Friends

ISBN: 0743254708
Release Date: 2004-11-01

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Why the North Won the Civil War

ISBN: 0684825066
Release Date: 1996-11-05

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Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era

ISBN: 0375725326
Release Date: 2001-02-13

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Lincoln at Home: Two Glimpses of Abraham Lincoln's Family Life

ISBN: 0743211421
Release Date: 2003-11-10

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Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe

ISBN: 0674008693
Release Date: 2003-01-30

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Liberty and Union

ISBN: 0316189499
Release Date: 1978-10

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Lincoln at Home: Two Glimpses of Abraham Lincoln's Domestic Life

ISBN: 091230877X
Release Date: 1999-06

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Literary Awards

  • Pulitzer Prize, Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War”
  • Pulitzer Prize, “Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe”


External Links

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