Oral History Interview with Theodore Greene

Interview by Hugh D. Hawkins on Feb. 2, 2000

Theodore Greene, professor of history and American studies at Amherst College from 1952-1989 and class of 1943, was interviewed by Hugh Hawkins, also a professor of history and American studies at the College.


Theodore P. Greene, class of 1943, came to Amherst in 1952 to teach courses in American colonial, social, intellectual, frontier, and diplomatic history. In 1974, Greene chaired one of the committees studying coeducation at Amherst and wrote a 76-page final report of its findings. He demonstrated for civil rights legislation in the 1960s and against the Vietnam War in the 1970s. He retired in 1989 as the Winthrop H. Smith Professor of History and American Studies, emeritus.

Hugh D. Hawkins was the Anson D. Morse Professor of History and American Studies upon his retirement from the faculty in 2000 after forty-three years of teaching at Amherst. In 1976, he was the principal architect of the first-year Introduction to Liberal Studies curriculum and helped build both the history and American studies departments.

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