The American Political Tradition and the Men who Made it
The American Political Tradition is one of the most influential and widely read historical volumes of our time. First published in 1948, its elegance, passion, and iconoclastic erudition laid the groundwork for a totally new understanding of the American past. By writing a "kind of intellectual history of the assumptions behind American politics," Richard Hofstadter changed the way Americans understand the relationship between power and ideas in their national experience. Like only a handful of American historians before him--Frederick Jackson Turner and Charles A. Beard are examples--Hofstadter was able to articulate, in a single work, a historical vision that inspired and shaped an entire generation.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
A study of American political philosophy in the lives of those who made it, including Jefferson, Jackson, Calhoun, Lincoln, Wendell Philips, Cleveland, Bryan, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Wilson and Hoover. Highly praised in its day, now rather outdated --there is a 1989 version. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - stillatim - LibraryThing
Hofstadter writes very well and makes big claims, which is a pleasant change from a lot of contemporary history. The book's general thesis - that the American Political Tradition is by and large an ... Read full review