Nebraska Authors

Fred Morrow Fling

Born 1860-11-04 Portland, ME (USA)

Died 1934-06-08
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)
Wyuka Cemetery
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Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, 1891-1934. Although Willa Cather did not take classes from him, she knew him, and is supposed to have used him as the basis for characters in One of Ours and The Professor's House. Fling was a distinguished historian of the French Revolution and influential in reshaping the way that history is taught. His 'Nebraska Method' for teaching and learning history was Claude Wheeler's course of study in One of Ours.
Robert Carlson was a frequent house-sitter forProfessor Fling, and he cataloged Fling's home library. The hand-drawn library map and library inventory are in Carlson's vertical file in the Heritage Room Archives.

Places Lived

Portland, ME
Brunswick, ME
Leipzig, GERMANY
Lincoln, NE 1891-1934

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


History--European; Greek and Roman History


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1883, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Master of Arts Degree, Ph.D. in History, 1890, Leipzig University, Leipzig, GERMANY


Professor of History

Places Worked

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


The Fling Fellowships at the University of Nebraska were established in his memory


Mirabeau and the French Constitution in the Years 1789 and 1790. 1891.
Studies in European and American History. 1896.
Greek and Roman Civilization. 1899.
Outline of Historical Method. 1899.
The Royal Session, June 23, 1789. 1899.
The authorship of the Journal d'Adrien Duquesnoy. 1902.
Historical Synthesis. 1903.
The Royal Session of June 23, 1789. 1907 ed.
A Source Book of Greek History. 1907.
The Youth of Mirabeau. 1908.
Source Problems on the French Revolution. 1913.
The Writing of History: An Introduction to Historical Method. 1920.
America Will Answer. 1920.

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