1927 - Born on the 16th of February. He is noted for his study of slavery and abolitionism.
- He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
1967 - Won the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction, as well as the National Book Award, and Bancroft Prize.
1970 - He taught for 14 years at in the Department of History at Cornell University before moving to Yale.
1988-1989 - Served as President of Organization of American Historians.
1998-2004 - Became the Director Emeritus of Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, which he founded.
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