The Historical Society reported yesterday that historian Eugene Genovese passed away. Genovese was a masterful scholar noted for his Marxist interpretation of the Old South in his early career and for his political conservatism in his later career.

As I noted previously, reading Genovese in grad school was an exhilarating experience. I didn’t always understand what he wrote (and still don’t sometimes), but the scholarship that he and his wife, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, produced was exceptional. His work will be missed.