Frederick Merk (August 15, 1887 – September 24, 1977) was an
American historian. He taught at
Harvard University from 1924 to 1956.
2 Scholarly impact
Frederick Merk was born in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1887. He
graduated from the
University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin in 1911 and then worked for
five years at the Wisconsin State Historical Society. In 1916 he went
Harvard University to study under the direction of Frederick
Jackson Turner. Upon Turner's retirement in 1924, Merk took up his
position with Turner's support. He taught at Harvard until 1956, and
oversaw several dozen graduate students.
John Morton Blum, one of Merk's graduate students after World War II,
recalled of his mentor that Merk emphasized integrity, "an integrity
of mind and process, of the way in which to understand and to write
history, an integrity by his standards so severe that perhaps no one
of his students could ever achieve it, but a quality he made so
important that all of them would try."
Thwaites, Reuben Gold; Tilton, Asa; Merk, Frederick, eds. (1912).
Civil War Messages and Proclamations of Wisconsin War Governors.
Madison: Wisconsin History Commission. Retrieved November 1,
Merk, Frederick (1916). Economic History of Wisconsin During the Civil
War Decade. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved November
Turner, Frederick Jackson; Merk, Frederick (1922). List of References
On the History of the West. Cambridge:
Harvard University Press.
Retrieved November 1, 2013.
Merk, Frederick (1950). Albert Gallatin and the Oregon Problem; A
Study in Anglo-American Diplomacy. Cambridge: Harvard University
Press. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
Merk, Frederick; Merk, Lois Bannister (1972). Slavery and the
Annexation of Texas. New York:: Knopf. Retrieved November 1,
Merk, Frederick; Merk, Lois Bannister (1983). Manifest Destiny and
Mission in American History: A Reinterpretation. Westport, CT:
Greenwood Press. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
Merk, Frederick (1985). History of the Westward Movement. New York:
Alfred A. Knopf. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
^ John Mack Faragher, "Foreword," in Frederick Merk, Manifest Destiny
and Mission in American History, Revised Edition (Cambridge: Harvard
University Press, 1963, 1995): xi.
^ John Morton Blum, "A Celebration of
Frederick Merk (1887-1977)", The
Virginia Quarterly Review, Summer 1978: 446-453.
^ Faragher, "Foreword" in Merk, Manifest Destiny and Mission in
American History, p. xi.
^ Blum, A Celebration of Frederick Merk, 448.
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