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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, Sean Wilentz, and Jean V. Matthews. In a section on modern liberalism and governance, such topics as the New Deal, the Great Society, and the fate of liberalism under the Carter administration are discussed by Alan Brinkley, Kathleen D. McCarthy, Fred Siegel, Leo P. Ribuffo, and Richard C. Wade. Betty Miller Unterberger and Ronald Steel comment on liberalism and the Cold War. Louis Menand and Eugene D. Genovese explore ideological controversies within liberalism, including pragmatic liberalism and relativism and multiculturalism. In the final section, George Cotkin, Neil Jumonville, and Sir Isaiah Berlin write on three figures whom Schlesinger greatly admired: William James, Henry Steel Commager, and Edmund Wilson.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction: The Vital Historian
  2. John Patrick Diggins, Michael Lind
  3. pp. 3-16
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  1. Part 1: History as a Vocation
  1. 1. The Historian and the Public Realm
  2. William E. Leuchtenburg
  3. pp. 19-42
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  1. 2. The Historian as Political Advisor
  2. Hugh Thomas
  3. pp. 43-53
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  1. 3. The Historian and the Cycles of History
  2. George F. Kennan
  3. pp. 54-61
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  1. 4. The Lessons of an Historian
  2. John Kenneth Galbraith
  3. pp. 62-66
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  1. 5. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.: Tory Democrat
  2. John Morton Blum
  3. pp. 67-72
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  1. Part 2: The Era of Andrew Jackson
  1. 6. The Age of Jackson and Its Impact
  2. Robert Remini
  3. pp. 75-83
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  1. 7. Jacksonian Abolitionist: The Conversion of William Leggett
  2. Sean Wilentz
  3. pp. 84-106
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  1. 8. Race, Sex, and the Dimensions of Liberty in Antebellum America
  2. Jean V. Matthews
  3. pp. 107-124
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  1. Part 3: Modern Liberalism and the Challenge of Governance
  1. 9. The Two World Wars and the Idea of the State
  2. Alan Brinkley
  3. pp. 127-141
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  1. 10. Women, Politics, Philanthropy: Some Historical Origins of the Welfare State
  2. Kathleen D. McCarthy
  3. pp. 142-150
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  1. 11. The New Left, the New Right, and the New Deal
  2. Fred Siegel
  3. pp. 151-163
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  1. 12. "Malaise" Revisited: Jimmy Carter and the Crisis of Confidence
  2. Leo P. Ribuffo
  3. pp. 164-184
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  1. 13. Historical Analogies and Public Policy: The Black and Immigrant Experience in Urban America
  2. Richard C. Wade
  3. pp. 185-196
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  1. Part 4: America and the World
  1. 14. Woodrow Wilson and the Cold War
  2. Betty Miller Unterberger
  3. pp. 199-213
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  1. 15. America after the Cold War: Global Order, Democracy and Domestic Consent
  2. Ronald Steel
  3. pp. 214-230
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  1. Part 5: Ideological Controversies
  1. 16. Christopher Lasch's Quarrel with Liberalism
  2. Louis Menand
  3. pp. 233-250
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  1. 17. Black Studies as Academic Discipline and Political Struggle
  2. Eugene D. Genovese
  3. pp. 251-260
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  1. Part 6: Intellectual Heroes
  1. 18. William James and the Strenuous Responsibility of the Liberal Intellectual
  2. George Cotkin
  3. pp. 263-276
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  1. 19. Henry Steele Commager's Activist History
  2. Neil Jumonville
  3. pp. 277-300
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  1. 20. Edmund Wilson at Oxford
  2. Isaiah Berlin
  3. pp. 301-310
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  1. Selected Bibliography of Works by Schlesinger
  2. pp. 311-312
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 315-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-324
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400887491
Related ISBN
9780691048291
MARC Record
OCLC
1016830923
Pages
332
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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