R. Don Higginbotham will deliver the annual Thomas Fulbright Lecture in History on Feb. 23 in Graham Chapel

R. Don Higginbotham, a leading expert on the American Revolution and George Washington, will deliver the annual Thomas Fulbright Lecture in History as part of the Assembly Series at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 in Graham Chapel. The chapel is located just north of Mallinckrodt Student Center (6445 Forsyth Blvd.) on the Washington University Hilltop Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Don Higginbotham
Don Higginbotham

As the Dowd Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Higginbotham’s research interests are primarily in American history to 1815. He has also written on comparative revolution — America and Mexico, America and Vietnam, and the American Revolution and the Confederate Revolution — as well as leadership roles.

Higginbotham is an authority on George Washington and the American Revolution. In George Washington: Uniting a Nation (2002), he focuses on Washington’s role in the formation of the state and argues that Washington’s greatest contribution to American life was creating a sense of American unity. Higginbotham is currently working on a nonmilitary study of Washington and his relationship to the Revolution. Some of his other works include, George Washington Reconsidered: Selected Essays (2001), War and Society in Revolutionary America (1998), George Washington and the American Military Tradition (1985) and numerous journal articles.

After earning his master’s from WUSTL in 1954, Higginbotham studied at Duke University and earned his doctoral degree in 1954. Besides his research and teaching responsibilities at North Carolina, he has also taught at West Point Military Academy where he returns frequently to lecture.

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