Eric Louis McKitrick (July 5, 1919 – April 24, 2002) was an American historian, best known for The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800 (1993) with Stanley Elkins, which won the Bancroft Prize in 1994.[1]


McKitrick was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in 1949, an M.A. in 1951, and a Ph.D. in 1959. He taught at the University of Chicago and at Rutgers University's Douglass College in the 1950s, and Columbia University from 1960 to 1989 before retiring as an emeritus professor of history.[2] In 1973-74 he was the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University and in 1979-80 the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.

McKitrick reviewed for The New York Review of Books[3]

He died in New York City, aged 82.



  • Eric L. McKitrick (1960). Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-505707-2. (reprinted 1988)
  • Eric L. McKitrick, ed. (1963). Slavery Defended: The Views of the Old South. Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0-13-812800-6.
  • Eric L. McKitrick, ed. (1969). Andrew Johnson; A Profile. Hill and Wang. ISBN 978-0-8090-6160-0.
  • Stanley M. Elkins & Eric L. McKitrick (1993). The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-509381-0.


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