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Frederick Merk (August 15, 1887 – September 24, 1977) was an American historian. He taught at Harvard University
Harvard University
from 1924 to 1956.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Scholarly impact 3 Bibliography 4 References

Biography[edit] Frederick Merk was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
in 1887.[1] 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 to Harvard University
Harvard University
to study under the direction of Frederick Jackson Turner.[2] 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.[3] Scholarly impact[edit] 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."[4] Bibliography[edit]

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, 2013.  Merk, Frederick (1916). Economic History of Wisconsin During the Civil War Decade. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved November 1, 2013.  Turner, Frederick Jackson; Merk, Frederick (1922). List of References On the History of the West. Cambridge: Harvard University
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, 2013.  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. 

References[edit]

^ 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.

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 44425700 LCCN: n50035969 ISNI: 0000 0000 8123 0828 GND: 136803350 SELIBR: 303162 SUDOC: 058009264 BNF: cb127919665 (da

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