William E. Dodd

Dodd, William Edward

William Edward Dodd, 1869–1940, American historian and diplomat, b. Clayton, N.C. He was professor of history at Randolph-Macon College (1900–1908) and at the Univ. of Chicago (1908–33). From June, 1933, to Dec., 1937, he was ambassador to Germany. Dodd, an admirer of the German culture he knew in his pleasant student days at Leipzig, returned as U.S. envoy with high hopes of improving German-American relations. The Nazis, however, recently come to power, soon alienated him, and he became an outspoken critic of Hitlerism. His historical writings reflect with vigor his passionate devotion to democracy, and he inspired a whole school of historians, who carried on his Jeffersonian and Wilsonian ideals. His works include biographies of Nathaniel Macon (1903, repr. 1970) and Jefferson Davis (1907, repr. 1966), Statesmen of the Old South (1911), and The Old South: Struggles for Democracy (1937). He also edited, with Ray Stannard Baker, The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson (6 vol., 1924–27).

See Ambassador Dodd's Diary, 1933–1938 (ed. by his son, W. E. Dodd, Jr., and his daughter, M. Dodd, 1941). See biography by R. Dallek (1968, repr. 2012); E. Larson, In the Garden of Beasts (2011).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

William E. Dodd: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! The Cotton Kingdom: A Chronicle of the Old South By William E. Dodd Yale University Press, 1919
The Spirit of '76 and Other Essays By Carl Becker; J. M. Clark; William E. Dodd The Robert Brookings Graduate School of Economics and Government, 1927
FREE! Expansion and Conflict By William E. Dodd Houghton Mifflin, 1915
Essays in Honor of William E. Dodd By Avery Craven The University of Chicago Press, 1935
American Appeasement: United States Foreign Policy and Germany, 1933-1938 By Arnold A. Offner Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969
Notable U.S. Ambassadors since 1775: A Biographical Dictionary By Cathal J. Nolan Greenwood Press, 1997
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