The 20th Century: Southern
History at Yale
© Yale University Library, 2008
David M. Potter
A prize student of Yale professor Ulrich B. Phillips,
Potter became one the most distinguished historians of America and the
American South. He was a professor at Yale from 1942 until 1961.
While at Yale he was appointed Coe Professor of History and was Editor
of the Yale Review from 1949 to 1951. His "People of Plenty"
thesis is perhaps his most enduring contribution to the study of
American History. He put forth the theory that America's distinctiveness
was derived from its abundant surplus.
David M. Potter (1910-1971)
b. in Augusta, Georgia, Professor of History, Ph.D. 1936