Edmund S. Morgan: “History Does Not Repeat”

Edmund S. Morgan, a Pulitzer- and Bancroft-Prize-winning author and one of America’s great historians, has passed away at the age of 91. His more than fifteen books display his ability to see how unique combinations of personalities and events make history. (Morgan begins The Meaning of Independence—his elegant study of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson—by wondering what might have happened if, instead of going to war, the British had simply acceded to the colonists’ demands.) ”No matter what anyone says,” he once remarked, “history does not repeat itself.” The University of Virginia Press is proud to have worked with this great scholar and storyteller. You may read appreciations of Morgan’s life and work in both the New York Times and Washington Post.