Essays in Honor of William E. Dodd

Essays in Honor of William E. Dodd

Essays in Honor of William E. Dodd

Essays in Honor of William E. Dodd

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The dedication of a volume of essays to Professor William E. Dodd by his former students is not a mere following of precedent. Even before his election to the presidency of the American Historical Association, plans for such a tribute were under way. That recognition by a wider constituency of scholars hastened action and afforded the occasion on which this group could acknowledge indebtedness for inspiration and fruitful suggestion. Without more of imitation than marks the recurrence of springtime this volume is added to the growing collection of studies inscribed by devoted students to their masters.

The volume might easily have been doubled in size. Many, realizing the limits imposed by necessity, have denied themselves the privilege of contributing. They have, however, assisted in other ways toward making publication possible. Their share in the undertaking is as real and vital as is that of those who were asked to write because they represented the differences in age, sex, and geographic location of the whole group.

Each contributor has chosen his own subject and developed it in his own way. No effort has been made to give unity other than that produced by a common background in graduate study and a common inspiration. The fact that the essays represent largely the three major interests of Professor Dodd -- the South, the Northwest, and diplomacy -- is evidence that he has founded something of a distinct school of historians.

AVERY CRAVEN

UNIVEITSITY OF CHICAGO August 1935 . . .

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