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Oscar Handlin

Oscar Handlin (1915-2011) and the Emergent Culture Wars

This weekend, I heard that Oscar Handlin had passed away last week at the age of 95.  Handlin seems to be nearly universally celebrated online. In addition to admiring obituaries in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, bloggers from left to right are singing Handlin’s praises. And rightly so.  Handlin virtually invented the field of immigration history in the 1950s.  His history of American immigration, The Uprooted, won the 1952 Pulitzer Prize in history and helped solidify the mid-century notion that the U.S. was essentially a nation of immigrants. Especially in the first half of his career, Handlin Read more