Albert B. Saye (1912-1989)
Albert Berry Saye was born on November 29, 1912, in Rutledge, in Morgan County, to Sue and William Saye. He attended Emory University from 1930 to 1932 and transferred in 1933 to UGA, where he earned his bachelor's degree in history in 1934 and his master's degree in 1935. During this period, he developed a close friendship with UGA professor E. Merton Coulter and with Kenneth Coleman, who would later become a colleague and a prominent historian of Georgia. He married Ruth Kendrick in 1939.
After graduating, Saye spent a year studying at the University of Dijon in France. While there, he began work on a doctorate that he would complete at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1941. His dissertation was based on the original charter of Georgia, which he discovered while doing research in London, England.
Saye taught at UGA as an instructor from 1934 to 1936 and as a professor from 1939 until his death in 1989. Although he began as an assistant professor of history, most of his career was spent in political science. In 1957 he was named a professor of law and distinguished professor of political science, and from 1975 until his retirement in 1979 he held a Richard B. Russell Professorship. He was also a Fulbright scholar in India in 1982.
Georgia History Textbooks
During his long tenure at UGA, Saye contributed greatly to the fields of both history and government with his many books and articles. More important, he influenced the historical understanding of countless numbers of middle school students who used his textbooks in Georgia's public schools for almost thirty years. From advocating segregationist arguments in his early textbooks to praising the progress of African Americans in his last ones, Saye's own changing ideas about racial issues were clearly demonstrated in his four textbooks.
After his death in March 1989, UGA established the Albert Berry Saye Professorship in political science, which is funded by contributions made by his family and estate. In 2003 the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia established the Albert Berry Saye Professorship in history at UGA.
Scott L. Roberts, Dacula
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