Jack N. Rakove
In 1949, at the age of twenty-seven, four years out of the U.S. Army and three years into his graduate education, Bernard Bailyn was appointed an instructor in the Department of History at Harvard University. Fifty years later, though officially retired, he was still actively teaching at Harvard, not only offering courses to entering graduate students but also conducting an ambitious seminar for younger scholars on Atlantic history— an area of research that he had pioneered at the start of his career and returned to in the 1970s. 1. In between, he garnered two Pulitzer Prizes, a National Book Award, and a Bancroft Prize; served as president of the American Historical Association in 1981; and gave the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in 1998.
The GI Bill of Rights (the postwar educational boon for veterans) helped thousands of servicemen. But few matched “Bud” Bailyn's accomplishments. Born on September 10, 1922, in Hartford, Connecticut, Bailyn was graduated from Williams College in 1945 (although in fact he received his degree without returning to Williams from service in the United States Army). At Harvard, Bailyn was appointed to three endowed chairs, in-____________________