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Jonathan Mills Thornton, American history professor. Danforth Foundation fellow, 1966-1974, Guggenheim Foundation fellow, 1978-1979.


Thornton, Jonathan Mills was born on October 27, 1943 in Montgomery, Alabama, United States. Son of Jonathan Mills and Priscilla Marks Thornton.


Bachelor, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1966. Master of Philosophy, Yale University, New Haven, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, New Haven, 1974.


Instructor University Illinois, Chicago, 1971—1974. Assistant professor University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1974—1977, associate professor, 1977—1982, professor history, 1982—2010, professor emeritus, since 2010. Fellow Woodrow Wilson International Center Scholars, Washington, 1994—1995.

Pitt professor American history Cambridge University, England, 2007—2008.


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    • Author: (history books) Politics and Power in a Slave Society: Alabama, 1800-1860 (John H. Dunning prize, American History Association, 1978), Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma (Liberty Legacy Foundation prize, Organization American Historians, 2003).


Married Brenda Booth, January 5, 1985.

Jonathan Mills

Priscilla Marks Thornton

Brenda Booth