Hansen, Marcus Lee

Hansen, Marcus Lee,

1892–1938, American historian, b. Neenah, Wis. He spent almost four years in Europe gathering material for his studies on immigration. For The Atlantic Migration, 1607–1860 (1940), first volume of a projected trilogy, he was awarded (posthumously) the 1941 Pulitzer Prize for history. In 1928 he began teaching history at the Univ. of Illinois, where he was made full professor in 1930. He also wrote The Immigrant in American History (posthumous, 1940).
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Hansen, Marcus Lee

(1892–1938) historian; born in Neenah, Wis. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1924) and taught at the University of Illinois (1928–38). His study of cross-Atlantic immigration took him to European archives (1925–27); his data on the ethnic composition of the United States in 1790 was used in formulating immigration quotas. Published posthumously, his Atlantic Migration 1607–1860 received the 1941 Pulitzer Prize in history.
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