Bailyn, Bernard

Bailyn, Bernard bā´lĭn [key], 1922–, U.S. historian, b. Hartford, Conn. After receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard (1953), he taught (1953–93; emeritus 1993–) U.S. colonial history there, becoming a full professor in 1961. He has won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (1967), which challenged long-standing interpretations of the causes of the American Revolution, and Voyagers to the West (1986). His other books include The New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century (1955), Education in the Forming of American Society (1960), The Origins of American Politics (1968), The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson (1974), The Peopling of British North America (1986), On the Teaching and Writing of History (1994), To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders (2003), and The Barbarous Years (2012).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Historians, U.S.: Biographies