Notes Concerning the Author
Douglas Southall Freeman (1886 – 1953) was a Southern historian, biographer, newspaper editor, and author. Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, the son of Walker Burford Freeman, who fought for 4 years in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, he is best known for his multi-volume biographies of Robert E. Lee (1934-1935) and George Washington (1948-1957), for which he was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes. The Society is also eager to recommend Freeman’s 1939 one-volume work The South to Prosperity, which is reviewed at 02.08.09, and his biography of General Lee, which is reviewed at 07.03.01.
Freeman received an AB degree from Richmond College in 1904 and a PhD in history at John Hopkins University in 1908. He then entered newspaper work and became editor of “The Richmond New Leader,” a position he held for 34 years. During these years he produced outstanding histories and biographies, many the best on the subject. Here the Society again sees evidence of outstanding work in history and biography from a person who was beyond the influences of the academic community.