Milton M. Klein
Milton M. Klein
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B.S.S., The City College, New York, 1937
M.S., The City College, New
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1954
- Lecturer in History, Columbia University, 1954-57
- Chairman, Department of History, Long Island University, Brooklyn, N.Y.,
- 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
HONORS, AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS
- Fund for the Advancement of Education Fellow, 1955-1956
- Lilly Foundation Fellow, Clements Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Summer
- Fulbright Lecturer in History, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New
Zealand, February-November 1962
- Walter E. Meyer Visiting Professor, New York University School of Law,
- 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,
- 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
- Claxton Award, Tennessee Conference, American Association of University
- 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),
- "The First Impeachment," Tennessee Bar Journal, XXV (February
- 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),
- 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.,
- 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,
- General editor (with Jacob E. Cooke), A History of the American
Colonies, 13 vols. (New York, 1973-1986).
SELECTED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
- "Leadership in Colonial and Revolutionary America," in Law and Culture
and Culture as Law: Essays in Honor of John Phillip Reid (Madison, WI,
- "Mythologizing the U.S. Constitution," Soundings, LXXVIII (1995),
- "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.,
- "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),
- "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,
- "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),
- President, American Society for Legal History, 1980-1982
- President, Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies,
- 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,
- Chairman, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Constitution Bicentennial
- Member, National Council, American Association of University Professors,
- Chairman, Steering Committee, Tennessee Bill of Rights Project, 1975-1976
- Member, Tennessee Commission on the U.S. Constitution Bicentennial,
- 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