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Induction Category & YearGeneral 1990
Home TownWessington Springs, SD
Sante Fe, OH

   Gilbert Fite
Champion of Excellence

 Dr. Gilbert C. Fite is a widely published author whose writings have added greatly to the history of South Dakota and the American West.

Fite's first book, published in 1948, was a biography of Sen. Peter Norbeck, one of South Dakota's distinguished political leaders. His second was "Mt. Rushmore," the first major study on the national memorial.

Fite's books in the field include "Richard B. Russell Jr., Senator from Georgia", "George N. Peek and the Fight for Farm Parity," "The Agricultural Regions of the U.S.," "American Farmers, the New Minority," and "Cotton Fields No More Southern Agriculture". The latter book won the Saloutos Award as the best book in agricultural history in 1985.

Gilbert Fite has also written text books in American economic history, in recent American history, and in general American history that have been used by college students all over the country. All together, Fite has authored, co-authored, or edited 18 major books plus about 50 scholarly articles.

-President, Agricultural History Society, 1960-61
-President, Eastern Illinois University, 1971-76
-President, Southern Historical Association, 1974
-President, Western History Association, 1985-86
-President, Phi Alpha Theta, History's International Honorary Society, 1981-83
-Special Alumni/ Faculty Service Award for service to the University of Georgia, 1986
-Albert Christ- Janer Award for Creativity in Research, U. of Ga., 1983
-Ford Fellowship to study economics at Harvard, 1954-55.
-Guggenheim Fellowship, 1964, to write the book, The Farmers' Frontier.
-Two Fulbright Awards, 1962-63, and 1969-70, both spent in India.
-Theodore Saloutos Award for writing the best book in agricultural history in 1985

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