The American Political Tradition: And The Men Who Made It
- Publish Date: 1989-04-23
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Richard Hofstadter
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The American Political Tradition isone of the most influential and widely read historical volumes of our time. First published in 1948,its elegance, passion, and iconoclastic erudition laid the groundwork for a totally new understanding of the American past. By writing a kind of intellectual history of the assumptions behind American politics, Richard Hofstadter changed the way Americans understand the relationship between power and ideas in their national experience. Like only a handful of American historians before himFrederick Jackson Turner and Charles A. Beard are examplesHofstadter was able to articulate, in a single work, a historical vision that inspired and shaped an entire generation.