Edmund Sears Morgan, an eminent authority on early American history, is Professor of History emeritus at Yale University (1955-1986.)
Morgan has written many books covering a range of topics in the history of the colonial and Revolutionary periods, using intellectual, social, biographical and political history approaches. The books include “Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America “(1988), which won Columbia University’s Bancroft Prize in American History in 1989, and “American Slavery, American Freedom” (1975), which won the Society of American Historians’ Francis Parkman Prize, the Southern Historical Association’s Charles S. Sydnor Prize and the American Historical Association’s Albert J. Beveridge Award.
Morgan?s early books, “Birth of the Republic” (1956) and “The Puritan Dilemma” (1958), have for decades been required reading in many undergraduate history courses. He has written biographies of Ezra Stiles, Roger Williams, and Benjamin Franklin.