Mary Beth Norton

Mary Beth Norton

Mary Beth Norton (born 1943) is an American historian. She is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History Department of History at Cornell University.[1] Norton was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[1] She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and her Master of Arts (1965) and Ph.D. (1969) from Harvard University.[1] Her doctoral dissertation, The British-Americans, was published by Little, Brown and Company and won the 1970 Allan Nevins Prize.[2] Her book Founding Mothers and Fathers (1996) was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize.[1] Other important works include Liberty's Daughters (1980), and, as co-editor, To Toil the Livelong Day (1987), Women of America (1979), Major Problems in American Women's History (4th ed., 2007),[1] and In the Devil's Snare (2002) about the Salem witch trials. She is also noted as one of the authors of the two-volume A People & A Nation, an American history textbook, currently in its eighth edition.[1] Articles written by Norton have been published in William and Mary Quarterly, Signs, and the American Historical Review.[1]

Norton has served on the National Council on the Humanities, as president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and as vice president for research of the American Historical Association.[1] She also served as the general editor of the AHA Guide to Historical Literature in 1995.[1] Norton was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999.[3] She was also elected Speaker of the third Cornell University Senate. Norton has won grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.[1]

Norton was recently interviewed on Season 6, Episode 7 of the PBS Series History Detectives: "Front Street Blockhouse."[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Norton, Mary Beth, et al. "The Authors: Mary Beth Norton." A People & A Nation, Volume Two: Since 1865 (6th ed.) p. xxiii.
  2. ^ "Allan Nevins Prize - Past Winners". Society of American Historians. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter N". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Season 6, Episode 7: Front Street Blockhouse transcript". History Detectives. PBS. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 

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