Don E. Fehrenbacher

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Don Edward Fehrenbacher
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Born August 21, 1920
Sterling, Illinois
Died December 13, 1997
Palo Alto, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Cornell College (B.A)
University of Oxford (M.A.)
University of Chicago (M.A.), (Ph.D.)
Occupation History professor
Known for 19th century American history

Don Edward Fehrenbacher (August 21, 1920 – December 13, 1997) was an American historian.


Born in Sterling, Illinois, he was a well known historian of 19th century United States history. He wrote on politics, slavery, and Abraham Lincoln. In 1979, he won the Pulitzer Prize for History for his book about the Dred Scott Decision. Two years earlier, he had completed and edited David M. Potter's Pulitzer Prize winner The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861. In 1997, he won the Lincoln Prize.

From 1953 to 1984, Fehrenbacher taught American History at Stanford University.

Fehrenbacher died on December 13, 1997 in Stanford, California. He was survived by his wife Virginia, three children, numerous grandchildren, a sister, Shirley, and two brothers, Robert and Marvin.[1] His posthumous book, The Slaveholding Republic: An Account of the United States government's Relations to Slavery (completed and edited by Ward M. McAfee), won the Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians in 2002.


1957 - Chicago Giant: A Biography of "Long John" Wentworth
1962 - Prelude To Greatness: Lincoln In The 1850s
1964 - A Basic History of California
1964 - Abraham Lincoln: A Documentary Portrait Through His Speeches and Writings
1968 - California: An Illustrated History
1968 - Changing Image of Lincoln in American Historiography
1969 - Era of Expansion 1800-1848
1970 - The Leadership of Abraham Lincoln
1970 - Manifest Destiny and the Coming of the Civil War, 1840-1861
1970 - Leadership of Abraham Lincoln (Problems in American History)
1976 - The Impending Crisis (completed and edited by)
1978 - Tradition, Conflict and Modernization (Studies in Social Discontinuity)
1978 - The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics
1979 - The Minor Affair: An Adventure in Forgery and Detection
1980 - The South and Three Sectional Crises
1981 - Slavery, Law, and Politics: The Dred Scott Case in Historical Perspective
1987 - Lincoln in Text and Context: Collected Essays
1989 - Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832-1858
1989 - Lincoln: Speeches and Writings: Volume 2: 1859-1865
1989 - Constitutions and Constitutionalism in the Slaveholding South
1995 - Sectional Crisis and Southern Constitutionalism
1996 - Recollected Words of Abraham Lincoln (compiled and edited with Virginia)
2001 - The Slaveholding Republic: An Account of the United States government's Relations to Slavery (completed and edited by Ward M. McAfee)


  1. ^ Pace, Eric (December 19, 1997). "Don E. Fehrenbacher, 77 Authority on the Civil War". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-17. Don E. Fehrenbacher, a Pulitzer Prize-winning authority on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, died on Saturday, in Stanford, Calif. He was 77 and lived on campus at Stanford University, where he had taught history. 

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