Merle Curti Biography

Merle Curti (September 15, 1897–March 9, 1996) was one of the last great exemplars of the Progressive school of American history, based through much of the century at the University of Wisconsin. His The Growth of American Thought (3rd ed., 1964) was considered one of the fullest expressions of the Progressive School in the field of intellectual history. His other notable works include Peace or War: The American Struggle, 1636-1936 (1936), Roots of American Loyalty (1946), and The Making of an American Community: A Case Study in a Frontier County (1959).


Rise of the American nation, by Lewis Paul Todd and Merle Curti. Liberty ed. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982.

Austria and the United States, 1848-1852, a study in diplomatic relations, by Merle Eugene Curti. Northampton, Mass.: Dept. of History, Smith College, 1926.

The American peace crusade, 1815-1860. Durham: Duke University Press, 1929.

Bryan and world peace, by Merle Eugene Curti. Northampton, Mass: Dept. of History, Smith College, 1931.

Peace or war; the American struggle, 1636-1936, by Merle Curti. New York: W. W. Norton, 1936.

The Learned Blacksmith; the letters and journals of Elihu Burritt, by Merle Curti. New York: Wilson-Erickson, 1937,

The growth of American thought, by Merle Curti. New York, London: Harper & Brothers, 1943; Reprint with a new preface by the author, New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1982.

The roots of American loyalty, by Merle Curti. New York: Columbia University Press, 1946.

The University of Wisconsin: a history, by Merle Curti & Vernon Carstensen. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1949; 1999.

American scholarship in the twentieth century. With essays by Merle Curti. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1953.

A history of American civilization, by Merle Curti, Richard H. Shyrock. Others New York: Harper, 1953.

Prelude to point four; American technical missions overseas, 1838-1938, by Merle Curti and Kendall Birr. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1954.

Probing our past, by Merle Curti. New York: Harper, 1955.

American paradox: the conflict of thought and action. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1956.

The making of an American community; a case study of democracy in a frontier county, by Merle Curti, with the assistance of Robert Daniel. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1959.

The social ideas of American educators, with new chapter on the last twenty-five years. Paterson: Pageant Books, 1959.

American philanthropy abroad, by Merle Curti; with a new introduction by the author. New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1988.

The American nation: Reconstruction to the present, by Lewis Paul Todd, Merle Curti. Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986.