UpDate - Vol. 14, No. 9, Page 1
October 27, 1994
Peter Kolchin named Henry Clay Reed Prof.

     Peter Kolchin, an authority on American slavery and comparative
history, has been named the H. Clay Reed Professor of History at the
University of Delaware.
     In making the announcement University Provost Melvyn D.
Schiavelli said, "Named professorships honor distinguished scholarship
and teaching and are awarded only to select members of the faculty.
This well-deserved appointment recognizes Prof. Kolchin's
distinguished achievements as both a scholar and a teacher."
     Mary P. Richards, dean of the University's College of Arts and
Science, said, "One of the nation's leading scholars in the history of
slavery, Dr. Kolchin is equally adept at translating his insights in
the classroom. His prize-winning books are matched only by the
dedication he has shown to the profession of teaching."
     The named professorship honors the late Henry Clay Reed (1899-
1972), who was a member of the Delaware history faculty from 1924-64,
chairing the department from 1944-52.
     Dr. Reed, who edited the first two volumes of the three-volume
Delaware: A History of the First State, was known for his devotion to
     A member of the Delaware faculty since 1985, Kolchin previously
taught at the University of New Mexico (1976-85), the University of
Wisconsin at Madison (1969-75) and the University of California at
Davis (1968-69). During the spring of 1985, he was a visiting
professor of history at Harvard University.
     His teaching interests include 19th-century U.S. history; the
South, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction; and the comparative
history of slavery, forced labor and emancipation.
     Kolchin is the author of three books: the widely praised American
Slavery: 1619-1877; Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian
Serfdom, which won the Avery O. Craven Award of the Organization of
American Historians, the Bancroft Prize in American History from
Columbia University and the Charles S. Sydnor Award of the Southern
Historical Association; and First Freedom: The Responses of Alabama's
Blacks to Emancipation and Reconstruction.
     Currently, he is working on a sequel to Unfree Labor, a
comparative study of emancipation in Russia and the United States.
     Kolchin is the author of many articles and review essays in
professional journals and is often invited to lecture on his research.
He also has participated in numerous professional conventions and
     Among his many honors are fellowships from the UD Center for
Advanced Study, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the
National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center for
Studies in American History at Harvard University and the Institute
for Southern History at Johns Hopkins University.
     A scholar-consultant to KTCA-TV (Twin Cities PBS) for a
historical series on the American Revolution, Kolchin currently serves
on the executive council of the Southern Historical Association, and
on the program committee for an upcoming symposium at Michigan State
University on "Comparative History of Blacks in the Diaspora."
     A graduate of Columbia University, he received his doctorate in
history from Johns Hopkins University in 1970.
                                                         -John Brennan