Patrick N Allitt

About Patrick N

Patrick Allitt is Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University and an OAH Distinguished Lecturer. He was an undergraduate at Oxford in England (1974-1977), a graduate student at the University of California Berkeley (Ph.D., 1986), and held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University.  At Emory since 1988, he teaches courses on American intellectual, environmental, and religious history, on Victorian Britain, and on the Great Books.  Author of seven books (most recently A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism, 2014), he is also presenter of eight lecture series with "The Great Courses" (, including "The Art of Teaching” and, most recently, “The Industrial Revolution.”

  Primary Source: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: National Response Team’s Report to the President, 1989 Shortly after midnight on March 24, 1989, the 987-foot tank vessel Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. What followed was the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The oil slick has spread over 3,000 square miles… MORE


  Primary Source Document: Mr. Shufelt’s letter to his cousin in New York, about his journey to the California “diggings” and his attempts to find gold (1850)  We hired an ox team to carry our baggage & started for this place then called Hangtown, from the fact that three persons had been hung here for… MORE