another giant in the field passes
Celebrated Historian Altered Understanding of Slavery
By Adam Bernstein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Kenneth M. Stampp, 96, a historian who helped transform the
study of slavery in the United States by exposing plantation owners as practical businessmen, not romantics defending a noble heritage, died of heart ailments July 10 at a hospital in Oakland, Calif. He had vascular dementia.
His death was confirmed by the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught from 1946 until retiring in 1983.
The full WaPo obit can be read here.