Frederic L. Paxson

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Frederic Logan Paxson (February 23, 1877 in Philadelphia – October 24, 1948 in Berkeley, California) was a Pulitzer Prize winning American historian. He had also been a President of the Organization of American Historians. He had degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. From 1932 to 1947 he taught at the University of California.

As a historian he was considered an authority on the American West. His 1925 Pulitzer Prize was for History of the American Frontier.

Among his students was Earl S. Pomeroy, a historian of the American west.

The term "Historical Engineering" was coined by Mr. Paxson, when later describing the work he had done, during wartime, revising textbooks to suit the mood of the era,[1] by "explaining the issues of the war that we might the better win it."

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  1. ^ Novick, Peter (1988). That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession (Ideas in Context). Cambridge University Press. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-521-35745-6. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 

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