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Frederick Merk

Born: 15-Aug-1887
Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI
Died: 24-Sep-1977
Location of death: Cambridge, MA
Cause of death: Heart Attack

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Historian

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Slavery and the Annexation of Texas

"To Harvard undergraduates of American history, the most memorable father figure was Frederick Merk, the leading historian of the western frontier and of the Texas Annexation Controversy of thee mid-1840s. The Elderly "Mr. Merk", as everyone called him, lectured in the survey course in American history. For dense presentation of meticulously organized facts -- and for insistence that every spoken detail be perpetuated in student notebooks and replicated in final exam blue books -- Mr. Merk may still hold the all-time record."[1]


[1] William W. Freehling, The Reintegration of American History: Slavery and the Civil War (1994), page 111.

Wife: Lois Bannister

    University: BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1911)
    University: PhD, Harvard University
    Professor: Harvard University (1921-56)

    Massachusetts Historical Society

Author of books:
History of the Westward Movement
Economic History of Wisconsin During the Civil War Decade (1916, economics)
Albert Gallatin and the Oregon Problem: A Study in Anglo-American Diplomacy (1950, international affairs)
Manifest Destiny and Mission in American History: A Reinterpretation (1963, history)
The Monroe Doctrine and American Expansionism, 1843-1849 (1966, history)
The Oregon Question: Essays in Anglo-American Diplomacy and Politics (1967, history)
Slavery and the Annexation of Texas (1972, history)


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