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Thomas C. Holt

Thomas Cleveland Holt (born November 30, 1942) is James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African American History at the University of Chicago; he has produced a number of works on the people and descendants of the African Diaspora.[1][2]

He taught at Howard University, Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan.[3] He was born in Danville, Virginia.[4]


A past president of the American Historical Association, Holt was a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 1987 to 1988. Holt became a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1990.[5] In 1994, President Bill Clinton named Holt to the National Council on Humanities.[6] He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.[7] Holt was a Citigroup Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, for fall 2008.[8] Holt was awarded the Southern Historical Association's Charles S. Sydnor Prize for his first book, Black Over White.


  • The Problem of Freedom: Race, Labor, and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938, (Johns Hopkins University Press) in 1992, which won the Elsa Goveia Prize awarded by the Association of Caribbean Historians.
  • Black Over White: Negro Political Leadership in South Carolina During Reconstruction (University of Illinois Press).
  • "Nathan I. Huggins Lectures", The Problem of Race in the 21st Century (Harvard University Press) 2000
  • Beyond Slavery: Explorations of Race, Labor, and Citizenship in Postemancipation Societies, Authors Frederick Cooper, Thomas Cleveland Holt, Rebecca Jarvis Scott, UNC Press, 2000, ISBN 978-0-8078-4854-8.
  • Children of Fire: a History of African Americans (Hill & Wang) 2010


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  3. ^ Thomas C. Holt.
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  5. ^ John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Fellows List
  6. ^ "Holt named to National Council on Humanities", University of Chicago Chronicle, Vol. 14, No. 2, 18 August 1994
  7. ^ American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2003 - Fellows
  8. ^ American Academy in Berlin, Citigroup Fellow Class of Fall 2008: Thomas Holt

External links

  • Faculty Profile on the University of Chicago's website.
  • Presidential Address at the American Historical Association
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