Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


In Memoriam: Alfred F. Young

It has been deeply moving to read the tributes about Al Young from so many historians and comrades—especially from the many younger scholars for whom he was an inspiration and to whom he gave encouragement and support. He and I were roughly of the same generation—he was a few years older than I—and our work on popular and artisanal resistance movements and their connection with festivity took place at the same time: his in revolutionary America, mine in early modern France. We didn’t know each other then, but I recognized him as a co-conspirator, and I’m sure he felt the same about me. It was thrilling to meet him in later years. And also so get to know his daughter Liz Young, who has carried on his tradition in another field. His legacy is a rich one.

Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto

Source: personal correspondence. Published with permission.