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Steven Hahn, American history professor, writer. Recipient E. Harold Hugo Memorial Book prize, 1973, ABC Clio American: History and Life award, Organization American History, 1991; fellow, Guggenheim Foundation, 1989, American Council Learned Societies and Center Advanced Studies Behavioral Science, Stanford, 1987, Society of America Historians, 1993.


Hahn, Steven was born on July 18, 1951 in New York City.


Bachelor, University Rochester, 1973. Master of Arts in History, Yale University, 1975. Master of Philosophy. in History, Yale University, 1976.

Doctor of Philosophy in History, Yale University, 1979.


His dissertation was overseen by C. Vann Woodward, and later Howard R. Lamar. He has written on the South, slavery and emancipation, the Populist Era, rural cultures, and social migration. His first book was The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 (Oxford University Press, 1983).

At the time this group, the majority of the American South, had received relatively little scholarly attention. Hahn presented the southern yeomen as non-capitalist in crucial respects, and describes how they were undermined by the increasing commercialization of Southern agriculture after the Civil War. Populists were presented as having had almost no interest in a genuinely biracial polity.

Several historians have noted that in this book a union of black and white workers is presented as a much more likely possibility.


  • 1980 Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians, for his doctoral dissertation, The Roots of Southern Populism\r\n1984 Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians, for The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890\r\n2004 Pulitzer Prize for History, for A Nation Under our Feet\r\n2004 Bancroft Prize, for A Nation Under our Feet\r\nMerle Curti Award in Social History from the Organization of American Historians.



This study was important because it provided a detailed and original account of the political ideology of white southern small farmers.