Richard Slotkin

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Richard Slotkin (born 1942) is a cultural critic and historian. He is the Olin Professor of English and American Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and in 2010 is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[1][2] Slotkin writes novels alongside his historical research, and uses the process of writing the novels to clarify and refine his historical work.[3]

Education and Career[edit]

Slotkin received his BA from Brooklyn College, his MAAE from Wesleyan University and his PhD from Brown University.[2] He started teaching at Wesleyan University in 1966 and helped establish the school's American studies and film studies program.[4]


Regeneration Through Violence received the Albert Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association as the Best Book in American History (1973) and was a Finalist for the National Book Award in 1974.[5][6]

Gunfighter Nation was a National Book Award Finalist in 1993.[7]

In 1995 he received the Mary C. Turpie Award of the American Studies Association for his contributions to teaching and program-building.[8]

His novel, Abe: A Novel of the Young Lincoln, won the 2000 Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction.[9]



  1. ^ "Academy Member Connection".
  2. ^ a b "Richard S. Slotkin - Faculty, Wesleyan University". Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  3. ^ Slotkin, Richard (June–September 2005). "Fiction for the Purposes of History". Rethinking History. 9 (2/3): 221–236. doi:10.1080/13642520500149152.
  4. ^ "Richard Slotkin | Guests |". Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  5. ^ "Albert J. Beveridge Award Recipients | AHA". American Historical Association. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  6. ^ "Regeneration Through Violence". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  7. ^ "Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  8. ^ Press, Berkeley Electronic. "SelectedWorks - Richard Slotkin".
  9. ^ "The Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction". Louisiana State University. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.

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