It is hard to summarize Morgan’s prolific career. Many of his books, including American Slavery, American Freedom (1975) and The Stamp Act Crisis (1953–written with his wife Helen) continue to resonate in the field. Earlier this year I taught it for the fourth time in my career. Scholars of Puritanism still wrestle with The Puritan Dilemma (1958), Visible Saints (1963), and The Puritan Family (1944). While the argument of these books have been challenged by more recent scholars of Puritanism, they continue to inform some of my lectures on colonial New England. Just a few weeks ago, after a visit to Newport, R.I., I ordered a copy of The Gentle Puritan: A Life of Ezra Stiles (1962).
Perhaps Morgan’s greatest legacy is the impressive group of graduate students that he taught. Off the top of my head, this group included John Murrin, Rosemarie Zagarri, John Mack Faragher, Joseph Ellis, Robert Middlekauf, Christine Heyrman, T.H. Breen, John Blasingame, and Karen Halttunen. (I am sure I am missing many, many others, please add them to the comments section).
Here is a taste of the New York Times obit: