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Billy G. Smith is the Michael P. Malone Professor of History and Distinguished Professor of Letters and Science in the Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University. He received his Ph.D in history from UCLA.

A contributor to many scholarly volumes and journals, his many books include Ship of Death: The Voyage that Changed the Atlantic World; Class Matters: Early North America and the Atlantic World (with Simon Middleton); Down and Out in Early America; Encyclopedia of American History: Colonization and Settlement, 1685-1763; "A Melancholy Scene of Devastation": The Public Response to the 1793 Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic; Life in Early Philadelphia: Documents from the Revolutionary and Early National Periods; The Infortunate: The Voyage and Adventures of William Moraley, An Indentured Servant (with Susan E. Klepp); The "Lower Sort:" Philadelphia's Laboring People, 1750-1800; and Blacks Who Stole Themselves.

Professor Smith is the recipient of numerous awards including the Norris and Carol Hundley Award for the most distinguished book on any historical topic by a historian living in the West, Cox Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research, Wiley Award for Outstanding Research, and James and Mary Ross Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.



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