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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

Winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction. In this award-winning classic work of consensus history, Richard Hofstadter, author of The Age of Reform, examines the role of social movements in the perception of intellect in American life. "As Mr. Hofstadter unfolds the fascinating story, it is no crude battle of eggheads and fatheads. It is a rich, complex, shifting picture of the life of the mind in a society dominated by the ideal of practical success." --Robert Peel in the Christian Science Monitor 

Out of Our Minds: Turning the Tide of Anti-Intellectualism in American Schools

This second edition of the often-cited book on anti-intellectualism, Out of Our Minds, focuses on U.S. schools' failure to care for the intellects and talents of all children, gifted children in particular. The revision comprises 10 chapters: (1) what is intellect and why is it important?; (2) the failure to cultivate intellect in American schooling; (3) intellectualism and anti-intellectualism among teachers; (4) families and credentialism; (5) the anti-intellectual university: (6) the anti-intellectual media: (7) anti-intellectual programming for the gifted; (8) ethics, justice, equality, and intellect; (9) where might an intellectual education reside?; and (10) what might an intellectual education look like? The authors provocatively examine issues of poverty, racism, and sexism and look at new information on the roles of higher education, media and technology, privatization, families, and the global economy as they pertain to the education of students in American schools.

Richard Hofstadter: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, Uncollected Essays 1956-1965 (LOA #330) (Library of America)

Together for the first time: two masterworks on the undercurrents of the American mind by one of our greatest historiansRichard Hofstadter's Anti-Intellectualism in American Life and The Paranoid Style in American Politics are two essential works that lay bare the worrying trends of irrationalism, demagoguery, destructive populism, and conspiratorial thinking that have long influenced American politics and culture. Whether underground or--as in our present moment--out in the open, these currents of resentment, suspicion, and conspiratorial delusion received their authoritative treatment from Hofstadter, among the greatest of twentieth-century American historians, at a time when many public intellectuals and scholars did not take them seriously enough. These two masterworks are joined here by Sean Wilentz's selection of Hofstadter's most trenchant uncollected writings of the postwar period: discussions of the Constitution's framers, the personality and legacy of FDR, higher education and its discontents, the relationship of fundamentalism to right-wing politics, and the advent of the modern conservative movement.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Hofstadter, Richard(February 12, 1966) Paperback

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Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography

Richard Hofstadter (1916-70) was America’s most distinguished historian of the twentieth century. The author of several groundbreaking books, including The American Political Tradition, he was a vigorous champion of the liberal politics that emerged from the New Deal. During his nearly thirty-year career, Hofstadter fought public campaigns against liberalism’s most dynamic opponents, from McCarthy in the 1950s to Barry Goldwater and the Sun Belt conservatives in the 1960s. His opposition to the extreme politics of postwar America—articulated in his books, essays, and public lectures—marked him as one of the nation’s most important and prolific public intellectuals. In this masterful biography, David Brown explores Hofstadter’s life within the context of the rise and fall of American liberalism. A fierce advocate of academic freedom, racial justice, and political pluralism, Hofstadter charted in his works the changing nature of American society from a provincial Protestant foundation to one based on the values of an urban and multiethnic nation. According to Brown, Hofstadter presciently saw in rural America’s hostility to this cosmopolitanism signs of an anti-intellectualism that he believed was dangerously endemic in a mass democracy. By the end of a life cut s...

American Violence

With eyewitness accounts and contemporary reports—linked together by succinct analytical commentaries—Richard Hofstadter and his young collaborator, Michael Wallace, have created a superb documentary reader that is, in effect, a history of violence in America through four centuries.                Here, as experienced by men and women who lived through them, are not only the familiar, chilling eruptions—Harper’s Ferry; the Civil War draft riot in New York; Homestead; Centralia; the Detroit ghetto; the assassinations of Lincoln, Malcolm X, and Robert Kennedy—but also less commonly remembered episodes, such as the New York slave riots of 1712, the doctors’ riot of 1788, vigilante terror in Montana, the anti-Chinese riot in Los Angeles in 1871, and the White League coup d’état of 1874 in New Orleans.                In his extensive introduction, Richard Hofstadter shows how, in the face of the record, Americans have had an extraordinary ability to persuade themselves that they are among the best-behaved and the best-regulated of peoples.  With more than one hundred entries, the editors have documented and put into perspective the thread of violence in American history whose rediscovery—as Hofstadter suggests—will undoubtedly be one o...

The Problem of Christian Anti-Intellectualism: Why Christians Should Study Apologetics

We are often reminded that we live in a post-Christian culture, but most Christians fail to understand that we are losing the culture war in America because we have essentially forfeited the intellectual war. Ideas have consequences, and history has shown that what is intellectually respectable becomes, over time, socially acceptable and culturally normative. Many evangelical churches emphasize theology – i.e., those biblically-based doctrines that define the Christian faith. But few emphasize apologetics – i.e., why Christians should believe these things. In the vast majority of churches, neither adults nor young people are challenged to explore in any real depth the factual and rational bases for the Christian faith. This booklet is a challenge to Christians to tune in, turn on, and get involved in the great intellectual issues of our day. As such, it is essentially an apologia (a rational argument) for apologetics. The Christian faith is under constant attack in our society and culture, and Christians need to understand the rational and factual bases for what they believe in order to effectively explain it to sincere spiritual seekers and defend it against hostile critics. This book examines the problem of Christian anti-intellectualism, the underlying causes of anti-intel...

Anti-intellectualism and the Education of High Ability Learners

This book is a study of anti-intellectualism and how it negatively influences the popular culture, general education and the education of high ability learners. The first chapter explores the author’s real life encounters with anti-intellectualism. The second chapter helps the reader understand anti-intellectualism by providing definitions and a typology of its different forms all set in historical context. The next portion of the book is devoted to examining how anti-intellectualism manifests itself in the popular culture and the mass media. The fourth chapter examines the many ways that the hostility toward education and learning affects general education. Next is an exploration of the problems caused by anti-intellectualism with regard to gifted students and high ability learners. The rest of the book is devoted to a review of the solutions offered by researchers and authors and recommendations to solve the educational problems caused by the antagonism aimed at learning and students who do well in school.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Media: Magazines & Higher Education

In this book, Dane S. Claussen argues that the news media have fed vocationalism and self-doubt in higher education, and anti-intellectualism throughout American culture. Analyzing articles in popular national magazines since the G.I. Bill of 1944, Claussen finds that media have overwhelmingly portrayed college as a time and place for students to play sports, date and marry, drink and take drugs, protest, join fraternities and sororities, go on vacations, avoid the draft, escape their parents, and, perhaps most of all, network and find jobs – in short, do almost anything except research, study, write, think, or debate. In the tradition of Richard Hofstadter’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Anti-intellectualism in American Life and Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind, Claussen illustrates the counterintuitive and underestimated – nearly overlooked – role of the news media in higher education and anti-intellectualism.

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