Milton M. Klein

Brief Vita

Milton M. Klein
7103 Rotherwood Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919
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B.S.S., The City College, New York, 1937
M.S., The City College, New York, 1939
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1954

Lecturer in History, Columbia University, 1954-57

Chairman, Department of History, Long Island University, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1958-1962

Visiting Professor of History, Columbia University, Summers, 1959, 1960

Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Long Island University, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1962-1966

Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, State University of New York, College at Fredonia, 1966-1969

Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1969-1985

Alumni Distinguished Service Professor, University of Tennessee, 1977-1985

Lindsay Young Professor of History, University of Tennessee, 1980-1985

Professor of History Emeritus, University of Tennessee, 1985-

University Historian, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1988-1997


Fund for the Advancement of Education Fellow, 1955-1956

Lilly Foundation Fellow, Clements Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Summer 1961

Fulbright Lecturer in History, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, February-November 1962

Walter E. Meyer Visiting Professor, New York University School of Law, 1976-1977

Kerr Prize, New York State Historical Association, 1975, 1992 Articles Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1976

University of Tennessee Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award, 1974

University of Tennessee Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty Award, 1979

University of Tennessee Chancellor's Citation for Extraordinary Service, 1988, 1998

Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, American Antiquarian Society, Massachusetts Historical Society

Outstanding Teacher Award, Society Daughters of Colonial Wars in Tennessee, 1988

Claxton Award, Tennessee Conference, American Association of University Professors, 1997


Editor, The Empire State: A History of New York (Cornell University Press, 2001) [A selection of the History Book Club].

"John Jay and the Revolution," New York History, LXXI (2000), 19-30.

"The First Impeachment," Tennessee Bar Journal, XXV (February 1999), 11-13.

Editor (with Jacob E. Cooke), North America in Colonial Times, 4 vols. (New York, 1998).

"Academic Freedom at the University of Tennessee," Journal of East Tennessee History, No. 69 (1997), 62-83.

"Mythologizing the U.S. Constitution," Soundings, LXXVIII (1995), 169-187.

Volunteer Moments: Vignettes of the History of the University of Tennessee, 1794-1994 (University of Tennessee, 1994; 2nd ed., 1996).

Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies, 3 vols. (New York, 1993).

The American Whig: William Livingston of New York (New York and London, 1990; rev. ed. 1993).

Editor (with Richard D. Brown and John B. Hench), The Republican Synthesis Revisited (Worcester, MA, 1992).

(With Ronald Howard), The Twilight of British Rule in Revolutionary America: The New York Letter Book of General James Robertson, 1780-1783 (Cooperstown, N.Y., 1983).

Editor (with Leo Hershkowitz), Courts and Law in Early New York (Port Washington, N.Y., 1978).

Editor, New York: The Centennial Years, 1676-1976 (Port Washington, N.Y., 1976).

New York in the American Revolution: A Bibliography (Albany, N.Y., 1974).

The Politics of Diversity: Essays in the History of Colonial New York (Port Washington, N.Y., 1974).

Editor, The Independent Reflector, by William Livingston and others (John Harvard Library, Cambridge, Mass., 1963).

Social Studies for the Academically Talented Student (Washington, D.C., 1960).

General editor (with Jacob E. Cooke), A History of the American Colonies, 13 vols. (New York, 1973-1986).


"Leadership in Colonial and Revolutionary America," in Law and Culture and Culture as Law: Essays in Honor of John Phillip Reid (Madison, WI, 2000), 58-80.

"Mythologizing the U.S. Constitution," Soundings, LXXVIII (1995), 169-187.

"Liberty as Nature's Gift: The Colonial Origins of the Bill of Rights in New York," in The Bill of Rights and the States, eds. Patrick T. Conley and John P. Kaminski (Madison, WI, 1992), 215-245.

"Origins of the Bill of Rights in Colonial New York," New York History, LXXII (1991), 389-405.

"The Constitution as Myth and Symbol," This Constitution, No. 16 (Fall 1987), 15-21; reprinted in This Constitution (Washington, D.C., 1988), 105-119.

"Clio Ascendant: The Writing of American History in the Eighteenth Century," New York History, LXVIII (1987), 5-26.

"A Jew at Harvard in the 18th Century," Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, XCVII (1985), 135-145.

"Everyman His Own Historian: Carl Becker as Historiographer," The History Teacher, XIX (1985), 101-109.

"Why Did the British Fail to Win the Hearts and Minds of New Yorkers?" New York History, LXIV (1983), 357-375.

"The Historian's Business," New York History, LXIV (1983), 51-63.

"Carl Becker," in Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 17 (Gale Research Co., Detroit, MI, 1983), 57-63.

"An Experiment that Failed: General James Robertson and Civil Government in British New York, 1779-1783," New York History, LXI (1980), 229-254.

"Clio and the Law: The Uncertain Promise of American Legal History," in Herbert A. Johnson, ed., South Carolina Legal History (Columbia, S.C., 1980), 1-20.

"From Community to Status: The Development of the Legal Profession in Colonial New York," New York History, LX (1979), 133-156; also in Joseph R. Frese and Jacob Judd, eds., Business Enterprise in Early New York (Tarrytown, N.Y., 1979), 166-195.

"Corruption in Colonial America," South Atlantic Quarterly, LXXVII (Winter, 1979), 57-72.

"Shaping the American Tradition: The Microcosm of Colonial New York," New York History, LIX (1977), 173-197.

"Commemorating the American Revolution: The Bicentennial and Its Predecessors," New York History, LVIII (1977), 257-276.

"New York Lawyers and the Coming of the American Revolution," New York History, LV (1974), 383-408; reprinted in Dennis R. Nolan, ed., Readings in the History of the American Legal Profession (Indianapolis, 1980), 84-92.

"The Face of Violence in America: A Historical Perspective," Social Education, XXXVII (October 1973), 540-545.

"Detachment and the Writing of American History: The Dilemma of Carl Becker," in Alden T. Vaughan and George A. Billias, eds., Perspectives on Early American History: Essays in Honor of Richard B. Morris (New York, 1973), 120-166.

"Failure of a Mission: The Drummond Peace Proposal of 1775," Huntington Library Quarterly, XXV (1972), 343-380.

"New York in the American Colonies: A New Look," New York History, LIII (1972), 132-156; reprinted in Jacob Judd and Irwin Polishook, eds., Aspects of Early New York Society and Politics (Tarrytown, N.Y., 1974), 8-38; in Leonard Dinnerstwin and Kenneth T. Jackson, eds., American Vistas, 1607-1877 (New York, 1979), 79-97.

"The American Revolution in the Twentieth Century," The Historian, XXXIV (1972), 213-229.

"The Cultural Tyros of Colonial New York," South Atlantic Quarterly, LXVI (Spring, 1967), 218-232.

"Prelude to Revolution in New York: Jury Trials and Judicial Tenure," William and Mary Quarterly, XVII (1960), 439-464.

"Democracy and Politics in Colonial New York," New York History, XL (1959), 221-246; reprinted in Paul Goodman, ed., Essays on American Colonial History (1967, 2nd ed., 1972), pp. 343-355; in Michael Kammen, ed., Politics and Society in Colonial America (1967, 2nd ed., 1973), pp. 68-77; and in Irwin Unger and others, eds., The Record of American History: Interpretive Readings (1971), Vol. I, pp. 88-99.

"The Rise of the New York Bar: The Legal Career of William Livingston," William and Mary Quarterly, XV (1958), 334-358; reprinted in David H. Flaherty, ed., Essays in the History of Early American Law (1969), pp. 392-417.


President, American Society for Legal History, 1980-1982

President, Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1984

Chairman, Tennessee Humanities Council, 1987-1988

Member, Joint Committee, Project '87, 1982-84

Chairman, Editorial Board, this Constitution, 1987-1988

Chairman, Knoxville-Knox County Constitution Bicentennial Commission, 1984-1987

Chairman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Constitution Bicentennial Committee, 1986-1991

Member, National Council, American Association of University Professors, 1977-1980

Chairman, Steering Committee, Tennessee Bill of Rights Project, 1975-1976

Member, Tennessee Commission on the U.S. Constitution Bicentennial, 1987-1988

Member, Advisory Board, Constitution magazine (a publication of the Foundation for the United States Constitution), 1988-1994

Advisory Board, America: History and Life, 1982-

Advisory editor, Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1975-1981, 1992-1995

Advisory editor, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 1978-1980

Member, editorial board, New York History, 1973-2000 ; American Journal of Legal History, 1971-1975; Soundings, 1985-2000; Presidential Studies Quarterly, 1992-1996

Revised: August 15, 2001