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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Daniel Aaron  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1912 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 2016 in Cambridge, MA


-- Daniel Aaron on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=daniel+aaron


Illinois Connection

Aaron was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Daniel Aaron was an American writer and academic. He earned a BA from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from Harvard University. He was a professor at Harvard, Amherst, Yale and Barnard among other institutions. In 1979, he helped found the Library of America where he served as president to 1985 and board member and remained an emeritus board member. Aaron was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1973 and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. In 2010, he was a National Humanities Medalist.


Published Works

  • Men of Good Hope , Oxford Press, 1951 - reprinted by Harrison Press, 2007
  • Writers on the Left: Episodes in American Literary Communism, 1961 reprinted by Columbia University Press, 1992
  • America in Crisis: Fourteen Crucial Episodes in American History, 1971
  • The Unwritten War: American Writers and the Civil War, University of Wisconsin Press, 1973
  • Cincinnati, Queen City of The West, 1819 - 1838, Ohio State University Press, 1992
  • American Notes: Selected Essays, 1994
  • The Americanist, University of Michigan Press, 2007
  • Scrap Book, Pressed Wafer, 2014
  • Commonplace Book-1934-2012, Pressed Wafer, 2015


Selected Titles At Your Library

The unwritten war :
ISBN: 0299113906. OCLC Number:

University of Wisconsin Press,. Madison, Wis. :. 1987.

Cincinnati, Queen City of the West, 1819-1838 /
ISBN: 0814205704. OCLC Number:

Ohio State University Press,. Columbus :. ©1992.

Daniel Aaron, one of todays foremost scholars of American history and American studies, began his career in 1942 with this classic study of Cincinnati in frontier days. Aaron argues that the Queen City quickly became an important urban center that in many ways resembled eastern cities more than its own hinterlands, with a populace united by its desire for economic growth. Aaron traces Cincinnati's development as a mercantile and industrial center during a period of intense national political and social ferment. The city owed much of its success as an urban center to its strategic location on the Ohio River and easy access to fertile backcountry. Despite an early over-reliance on commerce and land speculation and neglect of manufacturing, by 1838 Cincinnati's basic industries had been established and the city had outstripped her Ohio River rivals. Aaron's account of Cincinnati during this tumultuous period details the ways in which Cincinnatians made the most of commerce and manufacturing, how they met their civic responsibilities, and how they survived floods, fires, and cholera. He goes on to discuss the social and cultural history of the city during this period, including the development of social hierarchies, the operations of the press, the rage for founding societies of all kinds, the response of citizens to national and international events, the commercial elite's management of radicals and nonconformists, the nature of popular entertainment and serious culture, the efforts of education, and the messages of religious institutions. For historians, particularly those interested in urban and social history, Daniel Aaron's view of Cincinnati offers a rare opportuniry to view antebellum American society in a microcosm, along with all of the institutions and attitudes that were prevalent in urban America during this important time.

The Americanist /
ISBN: 0472115774. OCLC Number:

University of Michigan Press,. Ann Arbor :. ©2007.

Commonplace Book, 1934-2012 :
ISBN: 1940396123. OCLC Number:

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