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Oscar Handlin

Oscar Handlin, American historian, educator. Recipient History prize Union League Club, 1934, J.H. Dumning prize American History Association, 1941, award of honor Brooklyn College, 1945, Pulitzer prize for history, 1952, Christopher award, 1958, Brooklyn College Alumni award, 1958; Robert H. Lord award, 1972; Guggenheim fellow, 1954; Brandeis University fellow, since 1965; Harmsworth professor University Oxford, England, 1972-1973.

Background

  • HANDLIN, Oscar was born on September 29, 1915 in Brooklyn. Son of Joseph and Ida (nee Yanowitz) Handlin.

  • Education

    • AB, Brooklyn College, 1934. AM, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1935. Doctor of Laws, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1940.

      Doctor of Laws, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, 1962. Doctor of Laws, University Massachusetts, Boston, 1982. Doctor of Humane Letters, Hebrew Union College, 1967.

      Doctor of Humane Letters, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, 1969. Doctor of Humanities, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 1968. Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, 1972.

      Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1989. D.Letters, Brooklyn College, 1972. Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Boston College, 1975.

      Doctor of Humane Letters, Lowell University, 1980. Doctor of Letters, University Cincinnati, 1981. Doctor of Laws, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1993.

    Career

    • Instructor, Brooklyn College 1936-1938, Harvard University 1939-1944. Assistant Professor Harvard University 1944-1948, Association Professor 1948-1954, Professor, of History 1954-1962. Director Central for Study of Liberty in America 1958-1966, Winthrop Professor, of History 1962-1965, Charles Warren Professor, of History 1965-1972, Director Charles Warren Central for Studies in American History 1965-1972, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor 1972-1984, Director University Library 1979-1983, Carl M. Loeb Professor 1984-1986.

      Harmsworth Professor, Oxford University 1972-1973. Vice-Chairman United States Board Foreign Scholarships 1962-1965, Chairman 1965-1966. Trustee New York Public Library since 1973.

      Guggenheim Fellow 1954, Brandeis University Fellow since 1965. Fellow American Academy, of Arts and Sciences 1983.

    Works

    • The American People in the Twentieth Century
    • (The American People in the Twentieth Century, tracing the history of racist thought in the early 1900s, and a history of Jews in America, (Adventure in Freedom: Three Hundred Years of Jewish Life in America), which among other things demonstrated elements of anti-Semitism in the early 1900's Populist movement.
    • The Distortion of America
    • This book is a methodological primer on how historians gather evidence, presume reliability of witnesses, and develop forms of verification in the conduct of analysis and research.
    • The Distortion of America
    • This book is a methodological primer on how historians gather evidence, presume reliability of witnesses, and develop forms of verification in the conduct of analysis and research.

    Religion

    Denomination: Judaism

    Membership

    Vice-chairman United States Board Foreign Scholarships, 1962-1965, chairman, 1965-1966. Trustee New York Public Library, since 1973. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences.

    Member Massachusetts History Society (Kennedy medal 1991), Colonial Society Massachusetts, American Jewish History Society.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Flug, September 18, 1937. Children: Joanna Flug, David Paltiel, Ruth Blume. Married Lilian Bombach, June 17, 1977.
    • father: Joseph Handlin
    • mother: Ida (Yanowitz) Handlin
    • spouses: Mary Flug
    • Lilian Bombach
    • children: Joanna Flug Handlin
    • David Paltiel Handlin
    • Ruth Blume Handlin
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    Born September 29, 1915
    Nationality
    • 1934
      Brooklyn College
    • 1935
      Harvard University
    • 1940
      Harvard University
    • 1962
      Colby College
    • 1982
      University Massachusetts
    • 1967
      Hebrew Union College
    • 1969
      No. Michigan University
    • 1968
      Oakland University
    • 1972
      Seton Hall University
    • 1989
      Clark University
    • 1972
      Brooklyn College
    • 1975
      Boston College
    • 1980
      Lowell University
    • 1981
      University Cincinnati
    • 1993
      Harvard University
    • 1936 - 1938
      Instructor, history Brooklyn College
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      • Author: Boston's Immigrants, 1941, Commonwealth, 1947, This Was America, 1949, The Uprooted, second edition, 1973, The American People in the Twentieth Century, 1954, Adventure in Freedom, 1954, Chance or Destiny, 1955, Race and Nationality in American Life, 1956, Readings in American History, review edition, 1970, Al Smith and His America, 1958, Immigration as a Factor in American History, 1959, The Newcomers-Negroes and Puerto Ricans in a Changing Metropolis, 1959, American Principles and Issues, 1961, The Dimensions of Liberty, 1961, The Americans, 1963, Fire-Bell in the Night, 1964, Children of the Uprooted, 1966, Popular Sources of Political Authority, 1967, History of the United States, 1967, America, A History, 1968, The American College and American Culture, 1970, Statue of Liberty, 1971, Facing Life-Youth and the Family in American History, 1971, A Pictorial History of Immigration, 1972, The Wealth of the American People, 1975, Truth in History, 1979, review edition 1997, Abraham Lincoln and the Union, 1980, The Distortion of America, 1981, revised edition, 1996, Liberty and Power, 1986, Liberty in Expansion, 1989, Liberty in Peril, 1992, Liberty and Equality, 1994, From the Outer World, 1997. Editor: Harvard Ethnic Encyclopedia. Contributor history journals.
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