David Hackett Fischer

David Hackett Fischer is University Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University. His major works have tackled everything from large macroeconomic and cultural trends (Albion’s Seed, The Great Wave) to narrative histories of significant events (Paul Revere’s Ride, Washington’s Crossing) to explorations of historiography (Historians’ Fallacies, in which he coined the term Historian’s fallacy).

He is best known for his major study, Albion’s Seed, which argued that core aspects of American culture stem from several different British folkways and regional cultures, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington’s Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History), a narrative of George Washington’s leadership of the Continental Army during the winter of 1776-1777 during the American Revolutionary War.

Books in order of publication:

Historians’ Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought (1970)

The Revolution of American Conservatism: The Federalist Party in the Era of Jeffersonian Democracy (1976)

Growing Old in America (1977) Series: Chester Bland—Dwight E. Lee Lectures in History.

Concord: The Social History of a New England Town 1750–1850 (1984) (Editor)

Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America (1989)

Paul Revere’s Ride (1994), Oxford University Press

The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History (1996)

Bound Away: Virginia and the Westward Movement (2000), with James C. Kelly, University of Virginia Press

Washington’s Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) (2004)

Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America’s Founding Ideas (2005)

Champlain’s Dream (2008)

Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies: New Zealand and the United States (2012)

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