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Pulitzer Prize for History: Steven Hahn

S. Hahn

Dr. Steven Hahn, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, has been awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for history for his book, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South From Slavery to the Great Migration. He is following in the footsteps of his chair's namesake, Dr. Roy Nichols, the first Penn faculty member to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

Dr. Hahn is a specialist in the social and political history of 19th-century America, on the history of the American South and on the comparative history of slavery and emancipation.

He is also the author of The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890, which received both the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians and the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians.

Dr. Hahn's articles have appeared in Past and Present, the American Historical Review and the Journal of Southern History. He is also the co-editor of "The Countryside in the Age of Capitalist Transformation: Essays in the Social History of Rural America" and of "Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867, Series III: Land and Labor in 1865."

Before coming to Penn (Almanac October 7, 2003), he served on the faculties of the University of Delaware, the University of California, San Diego, and Northwestern University.

Dr. Hahn has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in American and comparative history, winning two Distinguished Teaching Awards. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and he is an elected Fellow of the Society of American Historians.

In addition to his writing and editing, Dr. Hahn has been actively involved with projects that promote the teaching of history in the public schools and that make humanities education available to diverse members of the community.

He is currently at work on the Nathan I. Huggins Lectures in African-American History, to be delivered at Harvard in 2007, and on a history of the U.S., 1840-1900, to be published in the Penguin history of the United States.

The Pulitzer Prizes recognize achievements in American journalism, letters, drama and music and have been awarded annually since 1917. They were endowed by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Recipients are named by Columbia University on the recommendation of a Pulitzer Prize Board.

The Penn faculty who have received Pulitzers: (1986) Walter McDougall, professor of history; (1977) Richard Wernick, composer and Magnin Professor of Humanities; (1968) George Crumb, composer and Annenberg Professor of Music; (1949) Roy F. Nichols, professor of history.



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 29, April 13, 2004