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The liberal persuasion : Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and the challenge of the American past /
edited by John Patrick Diggins.
imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1997.
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vii, 324 p.
ISBN
0691048290 (cl : alk. paper)
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1997.
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0691048290 (cl : alk. paper)
catalogue key
1530601
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John Patrick Diggins is Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1997-12-02:
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and longtime political participant and public intellectual, Schlesinger has studied major movements in American politics and defended American liberalism from the New Deal era to our own era, providing pragmatic approaches to political issues and viewing the national government as a means of preserving the economy. He struggled with Marxists in the 1930s and 1940s and multiculturalists in the 1980s and 1990s. Diggins (history, CUNY) has collected essays from 20 eminent scholars supporting and opposing Schlesinger's work and its liberal understanding of history. Essays by William Leuchtenburg, Eugene Genovese, Alan Brinkley, Ronald Steel, and others demonstrate historians' struggles to reach a philosophical understanding of America and the impact of such understanding on governance in our society. A central theme is what the historian's intellectual, political, and academic roles should be. Recommended for public and academic libraries.‘Steven Puro, St. Louis Univ. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1998-04-01:
The Liberal Persuasion is a collection of 20 essays, loosely held together by a focus on Arthur Schlesinger Jr., one of the leading intellectual lights of American liberalism for the past half century. The essays are grouped in half a dozen categories. The largest number deal with Schlesinger and the role of the historian as scholar and participant in public affairs. Others cover the influence of Schlesinger's The Age of Jackson (1945) and contemporary Jacksonian era scholarship, liberalism in modern politics from the New Deal to Jimmy Carter, Cold War foreign policy, a pot pourri of other topics of interest to Schlesinger, and intellectual heroes and critics including William James, Henry Steele Commager, Edmund Wilson, and Christopher Lasch. Though mostly well written and accessible, the length and depth of the essays varies considerably, and the focus is less coherent and more scattered than a quick summary indicates. The majority address questions related to Schlesinger and liberalism, but a number do so only tenuously. The volume is at best an interesting and provocative beginning point in understanding post-WW II US liberalism. Upper-division undergraduates and above. K. Blaser Wayne State College
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For more than half a century, the celebrated historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., has been the guiding force of American liberalism, both intellectually and in practice. The author of many critically acclaimed books, Schlesinger vigorously defended FDR's New Deal policies in his earliest writings and later served as a close advisor to President John F. Kennedy. In this volume, twenty of today's most eminent historians join forces to explore Schlesinger's unique brand of liberalism--one that has steered clear of ideological extremism and social fragmentation, favoring instead pluralism and the pragmatic use of state power. By engaging the reader in various aspects of his career and intellectual pursuits, these essays offer an exhilarating journey through American political history, from the Jackson era to multiculturalism, while demonstrating historical writing at its best.The volume opens with essays on Schlesinger as a historian and a political participant, contributed by William E. Leuchtenburg, Hugh Thomas, George Kennan, John Kenneth Galbraith, and John Morton Blum. The influence of the Jackson era is explored by Robert Remini, S
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"John Diggins has put together a stimulating and provocative book filled with contributions of extraordinarily high quality."--Richard Gid Powers, City University of New York, College of Staten Island
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Vital Historianp. 3
The Historian and the Public Realmp. 19
The Historian as Political Advisorp. 43
The Historian and the Cycles of Historyp. 54
The Lessons of an Historianp. 62
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.: Tory Democratp. 67
The Age of Jackson and Its Impactp. 75
Jacksonian Abolitionist: The Conversion of William Leggettp. 84
Race, Sex, and the Dimensions of Liberty in Antebellum Americap. 107
The Two World Wars and the Idea of the Statep. 127
Women, Politics, Philanthropy: Some Historical Origins of the Welfare Statep. 142
The New Left, the New Right, and the New Dealp. 151
"Malaise" Revisited: Jimmy Carter and the Crisis of Confidencep. 164
Historical Analogies and Public Policy: The Black and Immigrant Experience in Urban Americap. 185
Woodrow Wilson and the Cold Warp. 199
America after the Cold War: Global Order, Democracy, and Domestic Consentp. 214
Christopher Lasch's Quarrel with Liberalismp. 233
Black Studies as Academic Discipline and Political Strugglep. 251
William James and the Strenuous Responsibility of the Liberal Intellectualp. 263
Henry Steele Commager's Activist Historyp. 277
Edmund Wilson at Oxfordp. 301
Selected Bibliography of Works by Schlesingerp. 311
Contributorsp. 313
Acknowledgmentsp. 315
Index
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