Gutman, Herbert G.
- Stephen Brier
Gutman, Herbert G. (18 March 1928–21 July 1985), US labor and social historian and teacher, was born Herbert George Gutman in Queens, New York, to Joseph Gutman and Asne Zaentz Gutman, eastern European Jewish immigrants. Gutman was raised in a radical and Yiddish-speaking working-class milieu. He was influenced by his parents’ enthusiasm for socialism and communism and as a young man briefly joined the US Communist Party. After graduating from John Adams High School, Gutman attended Queens College, graduating in 1949. While at Queens College he met Judith Markowitz, whom he married in 1950; the couple had two daughters. Gutman went on to earn a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1950 and then a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1959. Before completing his doctorate, he took his first teaching post at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1956....