William S. McFeely

University of Georgia
Humanities and Arts

William S. McFeely was Abraham Baldwin Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus, at the University of Georgia. Prior to the University of Georgia, he taught for sixteen years at Mount Holyoke College. He had a long career investigating many disparate elements of American history. His work was primarily in the field of African American history, but he ranged far afield. His most recent project was a study of Thomas Eakins, the great nineteenth-century painter. He authored Yankee Stepfather: General O. O. Howard and the Freedmen; Grant: A Biography, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Parkman Prize; Frederick Douglass, which received the Lincoln Prize; Sapelo’s People: A Long Walk into Freedom; and Proximity to Death.

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