Oscar Handlin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian at Harvard University whose classic portrait of 19th century European emigrants launched the modern study of immigration as the predominant American story, died Sept. 20 in Cambridge, Mass. He was 95.
The cause was a heart attack, said his wife, Lilian.
Handlin, who taught at Harvard University for nearly 50 years, was a prolific scholar best known for "The Uprooted: the Epic Story of the Great Migrations that Made the American People." Aimed at a popular audience, it won the 1952 Pulitzer Prize in history.
Its first two lines were an eloquent summary of his provocative thesis: "Once I thought to write a...