Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


In Memoriam: Alfred F. Young

As a Ph.D. candidate in American history, I wrote a dissertation on the Fifth of November (i.e., the Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes Day, Pope’s Day, etc.) in early Anglo-America—a subject that Dr. Young held dear. While I never had the privilege of meeting the man, I do very much appreciate all of the superb scholarship that he produced on memory, ordinary people, and revolution. And, more so, I recall with fondness the correspondence that we had on the history of Pope’s Day. Dr. Young was an individual of generosity and gentleness, and he will be sorely missed.

Kevin Q. Doyle, Brandeis University