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Stanley M. Elkins

Stanley M Elkins

Stanley M. Elkins, 88, of Northampton, MA, died Monday, September 16, 2013.

Born April 27, 1925, in Boston, MA, the son of Frank and Frances (Reiner) Elkins, Stanley graduated from Boston English High School and enlisted in the US Army in 1943, where he served in the 362nd Infantry Regiment in Italy. After the war, Stanley attended Harvard University on the GI Bill and married Dorothy Adele Lamken in 1947. He graduated from Harvard in 1949 and received a MA and PhD in American History from Columbia University, where he studied with historian Richard Hofstadter. He was appointed assistant professors of history at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1955-1960.

In 1959, Stanley's doctoral dissertation, Slavery: A Problem in American Institutional and Intellectual Life, was published by the University of Chicago Press. His book received widespread attention from scholars, politicians, and students, and is considered a seminal work on the subject of slavery in the United States. Stanley was hired by Smith College in 1960, became the Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor of History in 1969, and continued his career there until his retirement in 1993. In 1993, the Oxford University Press published The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800, which Stanley and long-time collaborator and Columbia U. professor Eric McKitrick coauthored over a 30-year period. The Age of Federalism received the Bancroft Prize in 1994 and the Society of Cincinnati Book Prize in 1995.

Predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy, Stanley is survived by their children, Susan Elkins and husband Jack Winerock of Lawrence, Kansas; Reuven Elkins and wife Yehudis of Brooklyn, New York; Barbara Elkins and husband Timothy Brown, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey; and Sara Elkins of Northampton. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Smith College, Gift Accounting Unit, 33 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01063, with contributions directed to the American Studies program, or to a charitable organization of your choice.

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Sept. 20, 2013
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