Eric McKitrick

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Eric Louis McKitrick (July 5, 1919 - April 24, 2002) was an American historian, best known for The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800 (1993) with Stanley Elkins, which won the Bancroft Prize in 1994.[1]


McKitrick was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in 1949, an M.A. in 1951, and a Ph.D. in 1959. He taught at the University of Chicago and at Rutgers University's Douglass College in the 1950s, and Columbia University from 1960 to 1989 before retiring as an emeritus professor of history.[2] In 1973-74 he was the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University and in 1979-80 the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.

McKitrick reviewed for The New York Review of Books[3]

He died in New York City, aged 82.




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