William M. Tuttle Jr. ’59
B.A., Denison University
M.A., University of Wisconsin
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Citation awarded June, 1995
A professor of history and American studies at the University of Kansas, Bill Tuttle specializes in twentieth-century American history and African-American history. His books include the award-winning Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Plain Folk: The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans (with David M. Katzman). He is also a co-author of A People & A Nation, a leading history of the United States now in its fourth edition.
In the early 1980’s, Bill began to focus his research on the impact of World War II on America’s children. In 1993 this study culminated in “Daddy’s Gone to War”: The Second World War in the Lives of America’s Children, named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
After graduating from Denison, Bill spent three years in the U.S. Air Force. He then embarked upon his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned the M.A. and the Ph.D.
Bill is the father of three grown children. He and his wife Kathy live in Lawrence, Kansas.