Edgar Tristram Thompson (September 13, 1900 – April 22, 1989) was born in Dillon, South Carolina in 1900. He was raised on his father's small plantation right at the border of North and South Carolina. He would eventually become an authority on the historical sociology of the plantation and its role in shaping European colonization of the New World. He studied sociology at the University of Chicago under Robert Park.
See also Guide to the Edgar Tristram Thompson papers, 1915 - 1985.