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Handlin, Mary Flug (1913–1976) - U.S. History

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Mary Flug Handlin was born in New York City on September 14, 1913, to Harry and Fanny (Schuck) Flug. She received a B.A. in 1933 at Brooklyn College and an M.A. the next year from Columbia University. She married Oscar Handlin, a professor at Harvard, in 1937, and from 1935 to 1942 she was an analyst for various government agencies. In 1942 she became research historian of the Social Science Research Council, where she worked until 1946. From 1950 to 1954 she was assistant editor of the Harvard Guide to American History , and from 1958 to 1976 she was editor for the Center for the Study of the History of Liberty in America at Harvard University. During that time Handlin wrote a number of books with her husband, including The Dimensions of Liberty in 1961; Popular Sources of Political Authority in 1966; The American College and the American Culture (1970); Facing Life: Youth and the Family in American History (1971); Commonwealth: A Study of the Role of Government in American Economy (1974) and The Wealth of the American People: A History of American Affluence (1975). Mary Handlin died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 24, 1976.

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