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Richard Hofstadter AfterHofstadter philosophically broke with Beard and moved to the center in his leadership of the politically liberal "consensus historians". Hofstadter disliked the term, but it was widely applied to his rejection of the Beardian idea that there was a fundamental conflict running throughout American history that pitted economic classes against each other.
Instead of persistent conflict whether between agrarians and industrialists, capital and labor, or Democrats and RepublicansAmerican history was characterized by broad agreement on fundamentals, particularly the virtues of individual liberty, private property, and capitalist enterprise.
The fierceness of the political struggles has often been misleading: However much at odds on specific issues, the major political traditions have shared a belief in the rights of property, the philosophy of economic individualism, the value of competition; they have accepted the economic virtues of capitalist culture as necessary qualities of man.
It seems to me to be clear that a political society cannot hang together, at all, unless there is some kind of consensus running through it, and yet that no society has such a total consensus as to be devoid of significant conflict. It is all a matter of proportion and emphasis, which is terribly important in history.
Of course, obviously, we have had one total failure of consensus, which led to the Civil War. One could use that as the extreme case in which consensus breaks down. They argued that the New Deal was a conservative movement that built a welfare state, guided by experts, that saved rather than transformed liberal capitalism.The title of Turner’s address, “Why did the United States not become another Europe?” became in effect the research program of Daniel Boorstin, David Potter, and Louis Hartz, but now pragmatism, abundance, or the absence of feudalism replaced Turner’s .
-- Richard Hofstadter Richard Hofstadter (6 August — 24 October ) was an American public intellectual of the s, an historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University. This article uses the comparativist framework of Louis Hartz to reexamine the anti-German hysteria of the s in the United States. By revisiting the notions of the American character prevalent at the time, an overlap between anti-German and antisocial democratic sentiment emerges. Political scientist Louis Hartz argued that, in stark contrast to Europe, a classical liberal consensus was firmly planted in American culture, and that any party differences were minor and played out within the narrow confines of that ideological box. 2 Historians such as Richard Hofstadter and Daniel Boorstin led the "consensus school," which.
Jan 28, · Louis Hartz (April 8, – January 20, ) was an American political scientist and influential liberal proponent of the idea of American exceptionalism. Hartz was born in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, but grew up in Omaha, Nebraska.
After graduating from Technical High School in Omaha, he . This presupposition permeates the narratives of consensus historians Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and Daniel Boorstin; and while they used it in part as a whipping boy, such historians as Richard Hofstadter, Perry Miller, Louis Hartz, and Sacvan Bercovitch (the darker side of the consensus one might say) shared this basic picture of American history.
The generation of consensus historians included luminaries such as Morgan, Daniel Boorstin, Louis Hartz, and (perhaps) Richard Hofstadter. See Peter Novick, That Noble Dream: The “Objectivity Question” and the American Historical Profession (New York: Cambridge University Press, ), .
Richard Hofstadter was born in Buffalo, New York, in to a Jewish father, Emil A. Hofstadter, and a German American Lutheran mother, Katherine (née Hill), who died when Richard was ten. He attended the Fosdick-Masten Park High School in timberdesignmag.comal advisor: Merle Curti. Louis Hartz (April 8, – January 20, ) was an American political scientist and influential liberal proponent of the idea of American exceptionalism.
Hartz was born in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, but grew up .