Reminiscences of Thomas L. Haskell (1939-2017)
By Amy Kittelstrom
The historian Thomas Haskell died a week ago after some difficult years of decline. He was the first history professor I had in college, and the most important, for his impact on me came not only through his teaching but also and ongoing through his sterling works of historical writing. Haskell had a singular stature in his generation of American intellectual historians—a vital cohort who pioneered the new intellectual history we practice today—because the quality of his work is so stunning, but he was not prolific and is not as famous as I believe he should be. Since it is my good fortune to have been his student, I am taking the liberty to set down here my observations about his intellectual character and my memories of his effect on me.