I first skimmed through James McLachlan’s book, American Boarding Schools, some 10 years ago. He was a product of such schools (Choate). A number of my students used his work in their research paper, which some addressed those boarding schools as a process of assimilating American Indians. Others discussed schools as elite enclaves as a means of exclusion and power. Regardless, I learned of his passing back in August. Here is what the AHA had to say about one of the most noted historians of American boarding schools. See what the AHA had to say about him here.