David Hackett Fischer (born December 2, 1935) is University Professor of History Emeritus at Brandeis University. Fischer's major works have covered topics ranging from large macroeconomic and cultural trends (Albion's Seed, The Great Wave) to narrative histories of significant events (Paul Revere's Ride, Washington's Crossing) to explorations of historiography (Historians' Fallacies, in which he coined the term "historian's fallacy").
David Hackett Fischer
|Born||December 2, 1935|
|Notable works|| • Washington's Crossing|
• Paul Revere's Ride
• Albion's Seed
• Liberty and Freedom
• The Great Wave
He is best known for two major works: Albion's Seed (1989), and Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) (2004). In Albion's Seed, he argues that core aspects of American culture stem from four British folkways and regional cultures and that their interaction and conflict have been decisive factors in U.S. political and historical development. In Washington's Crossing, Fischer provides a narrative of George Washington's leadership of the Continental Army during the winter of 1776–1777 during the American Revolutionary War.
Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) (2004) won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for History and was a 2004 finalist for the National Book Award in the Nonfiction category.
In 2015, Fischer was named the recipient of the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
In addition to these literary awards, he has been recognized for his commitment to teaching with the 1990 Carnegie Prize as Massachusetts Professor of the Year and the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
- Historians' Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought (1970) ISBN 0-06-131545-1
- The Revolution of American Conservatism: The Federalist Party in the Era of Jeffersonian Democracy (1976) ISBN 0-226-25135-7
- Growing Old in America (1977) Series: Chester Bland—Dwight E. Lee Lectures in History.
- Concord: The Social History of a New England Town 1750–1850 (1984) (Editor)
- Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (1989) ISBN 0-19-503794-4
- Paul Revere's Ride (1994), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508847-6
- The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History (1996) ISBN 0-19-505377-X
- Bound Away: Virginia and the Westward Movement (2000), with James C. Kelly, University of Virginia Press, ISBN 0-81-391773-5
- Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) (2004) ISBN 0-19-517034-2
- Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas (2005) ISBN 0-19-516253-6
- Champlain's Dream: The European Founding of North America (2008) ISBN 9781416593324
- Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies: New Zealand and the United States (2012) ISBN 9780199832705
- African Founders: How Enslaved People Expanded American Ideals (2022) ISBN 9781982145095
- "David Hackett Fischer". pritzkermilitary.org.
- "Historian David Hackett Fischer Marks 50 Years at Brandeis - Brandeis Magazine". Brandeis Magazine.
- "David Hackett Fischer Receives Pulitzer Prize". historians.org.
- "David Hackett Fischer, 2004 National Book Award Finalist: Nonfiction, National Book Foundation". nationalbook.org.
- "David Hackett Fischer to Receive 2006 Irving Kristol Award". AEI.
- "2009 Short List - Cundill Prize in History". cundillprize.com. Archived from the original on 2015-06-29.
- "Brandeis professor Fischer wins $100,000 Pritzker Award". BostonGlobe.com.
- Image and article about David Fischer and his awards.
- A review of David Hackett Fischer's Historians' Fallacies : Toward a Logic of Historical Thought
- Brandeis University History Department Faculty Page
- David Hackett Fischer, biographical sketch at Brandeis Magazine
- They Didn't Name That Lake for Nothing, Sunday Book Review, The New York Times, Oct. 31, 2008
- Appearances on C-SPAN