David Brion Davis

Historian, Author

1927 –

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Who is David Brion Davis?

David Brion Davis is an American historian and authority on slavery and abolition in the Western world. He is the Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, and founder and Director Emeritus of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is a foremost intellectual and cultural historian. The author and editor of sixteen books, and frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, Davis has played a principal role in explaining the latest historiography to a broad audience. His books emphasize religious and ideological links among material conditions, political interests, and new political values. Ideology, in his view, is not a deliberate distortion of reality or a façade for material interests; rather, it is the conceptual lens through which groups of people perceive the world around them.

Davis taught at Yale from 1970 to 2001, after serving on the Cornell University faculty for 14 years.

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Born
Feb 16, 1927
Denver
Also known as
  • David B. Davis
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Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • PhD, Harvard University
    History
    (1951 - 1956)
  • Dartmouth College
Lived in
  • Orange

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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