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The Resource Richard Hofstadter : an intellectual biography, David S. Brown

Richard Hofstadter : an intellectual biography, David S. Brown

Label
Richard Hofstadter : an intellectual biography
Title
Richard Hofstadter
Title remainder
an intellectual biography
Statement of responsibility
David S. Brown
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Richard Hofstadter (1916-70) was America's most distinguished historian of the twentieth century. The author of several groundbreaking books, including The American Political Tradition, he was a vigorous champion of the liberal politics that emerged from the New Deal. During his nearly thirty-year career, Hofstadter fought public campaigns against liberalism's most dynamic opponents, from McCarthy in the 1950s to Barry Goldwater and the Sun Belt conservatives in the 1960s. His opposition to the extreme politics of postwar America--articulated in his books, essays, and public lectures--marked him as one of the nation{u2019}s most important and prolific public intellectuals. In this masterful biography, David Brown explores Hofstadter's life within the context of the rise and fall of American liberalism. A fierce advocate of academic freedom, racial justice, and political pluralism, Hofstadter charted in his works the changing nature of American society from a provincial Protestant foundation to one based on the values of an urban and multiethnic nation. According to Brown, Hofstadter presciently saw in rural America's hostility to this cosmopolitanism signs of an anti-intellectualism that he believed was dangerously endemic in a mass democracy. By the end of a life cut short by leukemia, Hofstadter had won two Pulitzer Prizes, and his books had attracted international attention. Yet the Vietnam years, as Brown shows, culminated in a conservative reaction to his work that is still with us. Whether one agrees with Hofstadter's critics or with the noted historian John Higham, who insisted that Hofstadter was "the finest and also the most humane intelligence of our generation," the importance of this seminal thinker cannot be denied. As this fascinating biography ultimately shows, Hofstadter's observations on the struggle between conservative and liberal America are relevant to our own times, and his legacy challenges us to this day."--Publisher's website
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brown, David S.
Dewey number
  • 973/.072/02
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
E175.5.H55
LC item number
B76 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Historians
  • Hofstadter, Richard
Label
Richard Hofstadter : an intellectual biography, David S. Brown
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Interior, exterior. -- pt. I. Education, 1916-1950. Radical roots ; The twilight of waspdom ; The new American political tradition ; The historian as social scientist. -- pt. II. Engagement, 1950-1965. The Age of reform and its critics ; The crisis of intellect ; The paranoid mind. -- pt. III. Eclipse, 1965-1970. Rebellion from within ; Conflict and consensus -- redux ; The trials of liberalism ; A world full. -- Bibliographic essay: In search of Richard Hofstadter. -- Sources: Archives, interviews, and correspondence. -- Students of Richard Hofstadter
Control code
60743149
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 291 pages
Isbn
9780226076409
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005017592
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Richard Hofstadter : an intellectual biography, David S. Brown
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Interior, exterior. -- pt. I. Education, 1916-1950. Radical roots ; The twilight of waspdom ; The new American political tradition ; The historian as social scientist. -- pt. II. Engagement, 1950-1965. The Age of reform and its critics ; The crisis of intellect ; The paranoid mind. -- pt. III. Eclipse, 1965-1970. Rebellion from within ; Conflict and consensus -- redux ; The trials of liberalism ; A world full. -- Bibliographic essay: In search of Richard Hofstadter. -- Sources: Archives, interviews, and correspondence. -- Students of Richard Hofstadter
Control code
60743149
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 291 pages
Isbn
9780226076409
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005017592
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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