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Overview  |  18th Century  |  19th Century  |  20th Century  |  Credits

Southern History at Yale  |  New Criticism  |  The Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Collection  |  Yale's Changing Face  |  Woodbrige Hall and the White House

The 20th Century: Southern History at Yale
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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