C. Vann Woodward

Historian, Author

1908 – 1999

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Who was C. Vann Woodward?

Comer Vann Woodward was a preeminent American historian focusing primarily on the American South and race relations. He was considered, along with Richard Hofstadter and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., to be one of the most influential historians of the postwar era, 1940s-1970s, both by scholars and by the general public. He was long a supporter of the approach of Charles A. Beard, stressing the influence of unseen economic motivations in politics. Stylistically, he was a master of irony and counterpoint. Woodward was on the left end of the history profession in the 1930s. By the 1950s he was a leading liberal and supporter of civil rights. After attacks on him by the New Left in the late 1960s he moved to the right politically.

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Born
Nov 13, 1908
Vanndale
Also known as
  • Comer Vann Woodward
Ethnicity
  • White American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Emory University
  • Columbia University
Employment
  • Yale University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Johns Hopkins University
Lived in
  • Arkansas
Died
Dec 17, 1999
Hamden

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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