The Liberal Tradition in America: An Interpretation of American Political Thought Since the Revolution

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1955 - History - 329 pages
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Hartz’s influential interpretation of american political thought since the Revolution. He contends that americanca gave rise to a new concept of a liberal society, a “liberal tradition” that has been central to our experience of events both at home and abroad. New Introduction by Tom Wicker; Index.
 

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Although its broad interpretation of American politcal culture has been overturned, the book remains essential for an understanding of the development of American historical writing since World War II ... Read full review

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Folks can argue about Hartz's work until the cows come home, which is why everyone should read it.

Contents

THE PERSPECTIVES OF 1776
35
IH AMERICAS SOCIAL REVOLUTION
67
Part Three The Emergence of Democracy
87
THE WHIG DILEMMA 1 Jacksonian Democracy the July Revolution and the First Reform
89
The Atrophy of Whig Progressivism
96
The Search for an Aristocratic Anchor
102
The Attack on Popular Government
106
The Idea of Democratic Capitalism
110
Race Religion and the Greek Ideal
167
Oblivion and Defeat
172
THE CRUSADE AGAINST FREE SOCIETY 1 Feudal Paternalism and Social Science
178
Positive Metaphysics
184
Tory Socialism and Capitalist Promotionalism
189
The Reactionary Enlightenment Whiggery and the Theory of Democratic Capitalism
198
DEMOCRATIC
203
PROGRESSIVES AND SOCIALISTS
228

HERCULES AND HAMLET 1 Social CrossBreeding and the Democratic Psyche
114
Aristocrat Farmer Laborer
119
The Problem of the Majority
128
Conscience and Appetite
134
The Problem of Unanimity
139
Part Four The Feudal Dream of the South
143
THE REACTIONARY ENLIGHTENMENT 1 Conservatism in a Liberal Society
145
Calhoun and Fitzhugh
158
THE NEW DEAL
259
AMERICA AND THE WORLD
284
notes
313
INDEX
321
96
322
139
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LOUIS HARTZ (1919-1986) was a graduate of Harvard University who went on to become a political scientist and advocate of American exceptionalism. He is also the author ofnbsp;The Liberal Tradition in America.

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