Famous American Historians

Howsoever you hate history you cannot deny the fact that it is interesting and exciting to know about historic events that shaped the world and people who were real icons of the past. They were the trailblazers who have directed much of our past, present and our future. While reading history is not everyone’s cup of tea, there are some who take it up professionally. Historians are people who research, study and write about the past. They are involved with continuous research of past events and study history of all times and human race. Every country has its own pool of historians who unleash the past for the mankind’s present and future. American historians have time and again explored the bygone era and brought forth unknown facts about America’s modest past and the events that led it to become a super power. They have covered every aspect of American history right from its African-America past, the Civil War, American liberalism and its global super power status. Eric Foner, Allan Nevins, Arthur M Schlesinger Jr, Francis Parkman, Bruce Catton are some of the celebrated American historians who have brought to limelight the historic past of America. Check this write-up to find in details about the famous American historians, their life and their works.

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 1 Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

 2 George McGovern

George McGovern.
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Famous As: Politician, Soldier, Historian
Birthdate: July 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Avon
Died: October 21, 2012
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 3 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr..
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keyser, West Virginia

 4 Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn.
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Famous As: Historian, playwright, philosopher, socialist thinker
Birthdate: August 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: January 27, 2010

 5 Joe Medicine Crow

Joe Medicine Crow.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lodge Grass, Montana, United States
Died: April 3, 2016

 6 Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA

 7 Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Biographer, Film actor, Historian, Journalist, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer
Birthdate: May 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colfax
Died: March 6, 2017
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 8 Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian, Biographer
Birthdate: May 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chattanooga

 9 Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian
Birthdate: January 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 10 Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama
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Famous As: Writer, Political scientist, Blogger, Economist
Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago

The son of a Japanese-American church minister, Francis Fukuyama was born in Chicago and had virtually no association with the Japanese culture. Educated at Cornell and Harvard, the political economist and academic is associated with Stanford and has penned the iconic book The End of History and the Last Man.

 11 David Eisenhower

David Eisenhower
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: March 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Point

 12 Eric Bogosian

Eric Bogosian
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Woburn, Massachusetts, USA

 13 David McCullough

David McCullough.
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Famous As: Author, Historian
Birthdate: July 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 14 Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson
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Famous As: Historian, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: September 5, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fowler

 15 Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson
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Famous As: Historian, Biographer
Birthdate: October 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit

 16 Dave Meltzer

Dave Meltzer
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 17 Tim Considine

Tim Considine
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 31, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 18 Virginia Dare

Virginia Dare
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Famous As: Colonist
Birthdate: August 18, 1587
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Roanoke Island, North Carolina, United States

 19 Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana,

 20 Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky.
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: December 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Regarded by many as the father of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky has authored over 100 books on varied topics, such as politics, linguistics, and war. A multi-talented personality, Noam Chomsky is considered a popular figure in analytic philosophy. Apart from influencing a wide array of academic fields, he has also contributed to the development of cognitivism.

 21 Carter Woodson

Carter Woodson.
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Canton, Virginia, United States
Died: April 3, 1950

 22 Bill James

Bill James
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: October 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Holton

 23 Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

An expert in Byzantine history, author Harry Turtledove is known for his historical fiction and science-fiction books, such as How Few Remain and the Opening of the World series. Regarded as the “Master of Alternate History,” he has also won awards such as the Hugo Award for the Best Novella.

 24 Will Durant

Will Durant.
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Famous As: Writer, Historian, Philosopher
Birthdate: November 5, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Adams, Massachusetts
Died: November 7, 1981

 25 Murray Bookchin

Murray Bookchin
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Famous As: Writer, Historian, Philosopher, University teacher, Anarchist, Libertarian municipalism, Social ecology
Birthdate: January 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 30, 2006

 26 Heather Cox Richardson

Heather Cox Richardson
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Maine, U.S.

 27 Stephen Edward Ambrose

Stephen Edward Ambrose
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Birthdate: January 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 13, 2002

 28 Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger
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Famous As: Film director, Journalist, Non-fiction writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belmont

 29 Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 30 Joseph L. Galloway

Joseph L. Galloway
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian
Birthdate: November 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Refugio

 31 Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles

Michael Shermer is an American historian of science and science writer. He is credited with founding The Skeptics Society, a nonprofit organization that aims at promoting scientific skepticism. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of the organization's magazine Skeptic. From 2001 to 2019, he was a major contributor to Scientific American magazine.

 32 Max Boot

Max Boot
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Famous As: Writer, Consultant, Historian, Journalist
Birthdate: September 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow

 33 George Washington Williams

George Washington Williams
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Famous As: Soldier, Historian, Diplomat, Writer, Minister, Politician, Journalist
Birthdate: October 16, 1849
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bedford
Died: August 2, 1891

 34 Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust
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Famous As: Historian, University teacher
Birthdate: September 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City

 35 Timothy D. Snyder

Timothy D. Snyder
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Famous As: Historian, Writer, Literary critic, University teacher
Birthdate: August 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo

 36 Michael Beschloss

Michael Beschloss
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Famous As: American historian
Birthdate: November 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 37 Caleb Carr

Caleb Carr
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: August 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, US

 38 Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel
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Famous As: Journalist, Historian, Radio personality, Writer, Poet lawyer, Music journalist
Birthdate: May 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: October 31, 2008

 39 Eric Foner

Eric Foner
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Famous As: Historian of the modern age, Historian, University teacher, Actor, Writer
Birthdate: February 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City

 40 Archibald Gracie IV

Archibald Gracie IV
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Famous As: historian, writer
Birthdate: January 17, 1859
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mobile
Died: December 4, 1912

 41 Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein
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Famous As: Economist, Geopolitician, Economic historian, Historian, Political scientist, Writer, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City

 42 Allan Lichtman

Allan Lichtman
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: April 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brownsville, New York, United States

 43 Henry Adams

Henry Adams.
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: February 16, 1838
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: March 27, 1918

 44 Aviva Chomsky

Aviva Chomsky
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Famous As: Historian, University teacher
Birthdate: April 20, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston

 45 Lothrop Stoddard

Lothrop Stoddard
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian, Author, Journalist, Opinion journalist
Birthdate: June 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brookline
Died: May 1, 1950

 46 David Halberstam

David Halberstam
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Famous As: Historian, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: April 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: April 23, 2007

 47 Lewis Mumford

Lewis Mumford
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Famous As: Architect, Historian of technology, Historian, Sociologist, Screenwriter, Literary critic, Philosopher, Journalist
Birthdate: October 19, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: January 26, 1990

 48 Vincent Barrett Price

Vincent Barrett Price
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Birthdate: August 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 49 Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

 50 Frederick Jackson Turner

Frederick Jackson Turner
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Famous As: Historian, Writer
Birthdate: November 14, 1861
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portage
Died: March 14, 1932