Richard Hofstadter’s famous Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, his tenth book, earned him the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction (). This “personal book,”. For the ages For Hofstadter, pictured here in , anti-intellectualism was an By the time Anti-Intellectualism in American Life was published (), he was a . Anti-intellectualism in American Life was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Non- Fiction. It is a book which throws light on many features of the American.

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That is what I want to preserve, or rather By the end of WWII still only 4 in 10 graduated from high school.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

Lists with This Book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. American religion is a dichotomy between people who believe that understanding not only the Bible, but historical writings in religion and philosophy are important to understanding the word of God.

Intellectuals always welcome more data and love nothing more than to be shown wrong and develop even better theories about the world. The historian repeatedly, consistently makes a powerful case. I never did review this, though I thought it was excellent. But we have a rich history of it, and its influence in our culture matters a lot given our power and influence in the world. I found myself wondering also if the lack of a really strong strain of communism in the intellectual pot of America has not deprived us, culturally and collectively, of a way to make claims for economic equality without sliding between the notions of economic class and social class.

If anti-intellectualism runs in cycles, the ‘s constituting a high point, has that lingered through the present or is the notion of cycles no longer evident or valid? Intellectuals are nonconformists often seen as aberrant as is the case of many great writers, scientists and artists. Jul 16, Robert Owen rated it it was amazing. He contended that American Protestantism’s anti-intellectual tradition valued the spirit over intellectual rigour.

In considering the historic tension between access to education and excellence in education, Hofstadter argued that both anti-intellectualism and utilitarianism were consequences, in part, of the democratization of intellectualiem. Book-readers generally become amerlcan intellectuals. Although the book reads much more like an academic book than I expect from Pulitzer winners, it provides a context that is necessary to understand our current cycle of anti-expertise reactions.


And it turns out they had more than a few antecedents. That underfunding reminds those of us in the MUS professoriate of our place.

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Intelligent individuals place a higher value on useful and practical knowledge, they search for answers. Hofstadter’s seminal study rehearses our marginal role by chronicling the long history wmerican American anti-intellectualism.

Those review the haphazard history of the Montana University System, above all its history of chronic underfunding. Today, Ihtellectualism see people make the same complaints about high schools and colleges, and I just find it silly and think people are just manufacturing a problem from the anecdotal. For his outstanding coverage of the assassination of President John F. His works include theā€¦ More about Richard Hofstadter.

This “personal book,” called “a critical inquiry” in his first chapter 20remains one of this esteemed American historian’s most famous titles. His objection to big business was more to help small business than the working man. Perhaps nothing symbolized this more than the appointment of Hofstadter’s colleague, the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. They create things to love and be friends with. Ljfe hasn’t quite a lot happened sinceto make other book s on the topic even more relevant?

This book points backward to the formation of anti-intellectual tendencies in American history, and points to the present and future with concern. Or Choteau, where, midway through the school year, the new superintendent cancelled a planned speech by University of Montana climatologist and Nobel Prize co-winner Steve Running.

Review: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life ()

Feb 12, Pages Buy. Hofstadter wrote this in the 60s, and he’s saying the same things that people are saying in the media now. Moreover, he saw these themes as historically embedded in America’s national fabric, an outcome of her colonial European and evangelical Protestant heritage. Really smart students aren’t a spectator sport.

This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat Read it Forward Read it first. These rise when expertise oversteps its bounds, and makes mistakes, or perhaps even when it is needed too badly. The common man, Joe and Jane Six-Pack, distrusts the bookish man, relegates him to a corner well away from the spotlight. Aug 10, Roslyn rated it it was amazing.


To the extent that Americans equate salary with status, itself a pitiful legacy of our business culture, I must add the vast majority of the MUS professoriate to the population of severely underpaid schoolteachers. By the ‘s the self-made man was dead. Congregational, Presbyterian or Anglican. We are suffering for it to this day, to be honest.

When once he does pass his school and fixes himself hpfstadter life, his next care will be to hofetadter his children there also. Nothing like coterie language to anger outsiders who might want in.

The symptoms are frequent and obvious, even unavoidable. The book talks about the foundation of America and how intellectual the founding fathers of America were and how they must be flipping from side to side in their graves if they lif looking down at that mutation Trump at the helm et in American today!

In this essay I shall review some of Hofstader’s claims for comparative purposes: And while I want economic success just as intellecctualism as the next person, our fundamental purpose in life must strive to jofstadter something greater than simple economic fulfilment.

With the freedom in the early United States came the financial triumph of uneducated businessmen; they became rich, and that made them powerful.

I close by stating that rereading Hofstadter affords a perverse solace, one I felt when I finally read Malone, Roeder, and Lang’s Montana: An exploration of nature that forces readers to consider the threat posed by human behavior to a world of astonishing diversity. I think Hofstadter is persuasive in arguing inte,lectualism these two characteristics define intellectual pursuits.