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Historian's Books Have Titles Worthy Of Novels

Verner W. Crane
The Michigan Alumnus 27

The books of History Professor 
'11, never sound like the average 
person's conception of a history 
book, nor are their contents made 
up of the dry facts and figures too
 often found in historical volumes.

One, published in 1922, is en
titled A Rhode Island Slaver: Trade
 Book of the Sloop Adventure, 1773-
1774. Also likely to pique the curiosity is The Promotion Literature
 of Georgia, which appeared in
 1925, while The Southern Frontier,
 1670-1732 (1928), and Benjamin
 Franklin: Englishman and American (1936) are likewise refreshing
 departures from the norm.

A rich 
experience in research and teaching
 has made Professor Crane well fa
miliar with the times of which he
 writes. He holds degrees from three 
Universities and has served on the
 faculties of no less than five. He re
ceived the A.B. degree from Michi
gan in 1911, his Master's from Harvard in 1912, and a Ph.D. degree 
from the University of Pennsylvania in 1915.

Professor Crane
 was born in Tecumseh, Michigan, August 28, 1889, and attended 
Michigan schools before coming to
 Ann Arbor. He had held the Harrison Fellowship in History at
 Pennsylvania, 1912-1914, and the 
Harrison Research Fellowship in 
1916 when he came back to Michi
gan to teach as Instructor in 1916, 
and within four years he again left, 
this time to become Assistant Pro
fessor at Brown. By 1930, he had 
risen to full Professorship, and 
meanwhile had served as Visiting 
Lecturer during single semesters at
 Harvard in 1925-1926 and 1928-
1929. He taught at Chicago during 
the summer of 1930, and then re
turned once more to Michigan, this 
time as Professor of History. In
1935, he was Culver Lecturer at

Professor Crane's affilia
tions include Phi Beta Kappa, the
 American, Mississippi, and Rhode
 Island Historical Associations, the
 Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 
the Old Colony Historical Society,
 and the Social Science Research
 Council. He was Advisory Editor of
 New England Quarterly in 1928
 and 1929, and Consulting Editor of
 Social Science Abstracts, 1929. In 
addition to his books, he has pub
lished numerous articles in histori
cal journals.