Friends, colleagues and students of Alfred F. Young
Professor Alfred F. Young is an internationally-known cultural and political historian of the Revolution. His book The Democratic Republicans of New York: The Origins, 1763-1797 (1967) was a pioneering examination of the ideology and politics of ordinary people in New York state in the 1780s and 1790s. Professor Young has encouraged younger historians, reading their manuscripts carefully, thereby improving the quality of the profession immeasurably. He has served the NIU History Department since 1964, quickly becoming a mainstay in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. His undergraduate course on the American Revolution has remained very popular, and his graduate seminars on the Revolution and On Ordinary People have been crucial to the development of numerous graduate students. During his years at NIU, Professor Young has directed seven distinguished dissertations.