Henry Steele Commager: Midcentury Liberalism and the History of the Present

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UNC Press Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
Historian Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998) was one of the leading American intellectuals of the mid-twentieth century. Author or editor of more than forty books, he taught for decades at New York University, Columbia University, and Amherst College and w
 

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A revealing, engaged assessment of the life and work of a man who taught thousands and was read by millions. Henry Steele Commager (1902—98) was a classic 20th-century liberal—a robust champion of ... Read full review

Contents

The Formation of a Public Intellectual 19021932
3
Philosophy Teaching by Experience 19281936
26
Columbia and New York in the Forties 19381950
51
Protecting Liberalism in World War II 19391947
81
Anticommunism and McCarthyism 19451960
99
University Family and Race 19451968
129
The Call to Political Morality 19641974
164
The Character and Myth of Historians at Midcentury 19371997
195
Liberals and the Historical Past 19481997
230
Legacies 19711997
260
Notes
279
Index
319
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Neil Jumonville, author of Critical Crossings: The New York Intellectuals in Postwar America, is William Warren Rogers Professor of History at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

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