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. A book which throws light on many features of the American character. Its concern is not merely to portray the scorners of intellect in American life, but to say. Richard Hofstadter’s famous Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, his tenth book, earned him the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction (). This “personal book,”.

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Explaining the gap between our credo and our results lies beyond my ability and this essay, but Hofstadter suggests a range of contributing factors.

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For fundamentalists, there is no room for microclimatic changes or ice ages. Anti-intellectualism and utilitarianism were functions of American cultural heritage, not necessarily of democracy.

Hofstadter began by acknowledging that the intellectuals in midcentury American society enjoyed an unprecedented level of privilege and power.

By continuing to use this website, you consent to Columbia University’s usage of cookies and similar technologies, in accordance with the Columbia University Website Cookie Notice. This will give me a good foundation in understanding similar books, written for a lay audience, and the underpinnings of some of the primary conflicts in our culture.

Jan 04, Pages Buy. Sadly again, the later part of the book focuses on reformation of the education system, something that never truly took place. The signs are everywhere, and among the most painful of them for me are the consistently dismal scores of Amreican secondary students in virtually every international test I’ve seen over the past decade and more.


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These may seem strange attributes for intellectuals who might well be atheist scientists or equally might be engaged in work of the utmost solemnity. If being an author didn’t hurt Kennedy’s election, it might well have hurt Al Gore’s status. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. When it was first published, in the early s, it called on America to close the door on McCarthyism and for the Republican Party to open its collective mind to an awareness of where it was dragging American society and American life.

The intellectual is critical, creative and contemplative. View all 31 comments. Somebody should tell these bright young intellectuals and professors the facts of business life.

Harvard – Juris Doctor J. He was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize: Left free, there is nothing it will not reconsider, analyze, throw into question. Eggheads make good targets for myriad frustrations and hostilities. This book was plodding, albeit much better than reading Talcott Parsons after a root canal. Progressive politics in changed the intellectual.

He brought in a host of talented educated men to his administration.

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Sent their sons to be educated old-Europe style Overall the book is a fascinating look at how these waves of intellectualism and anti-intellectualism have affected the nation.

That underfunding reminds those of us in the MUS professoriate of our place. I say “naive” because, since this book’s publication, so many Americans have confused athletics with “the serious business of life” in so many ways.

Cooks can be just as valuable as school teachers and we might as well let the market determine fair value.


Colleagues teaching Montana Western’s Environmental Sciences courses have reported, in recent years, increasingly vocal challenges by students to standard content about evolution. The fundamentalist religion with a fundamental Americanism often exhibits a mind totally committed and entirely refuse of challenge.

How can the most powerful country on Earth reject science, encourage religous superstition and create the tea party? View all 5 comments.

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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. At one point, Richard prattles off twenty cool names in American Literature in two sentences so the book looked deeper, but unlike the vast majority of reviewers of this book, I was not a big fan even though I had high hopes. Largely a twentieth-century phenomenon, the literature of inspiration, suffused with business terminology, matches the literature of advancement, of getting ahead.

Apparently the fear derived from some supposed “lack of balance,” a smokescreen and irrelevancy. Dunn rated it really liked it Shelves: It examines in depth the influence of John Dewey on the educational system, and the conflicting drives of traditional education to learn the classical subjects as opposed to the modernising desire of the “New Education” whose goal was to prepare students to become good citizens in a democracy.

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