Richard Hofstadter’s famous Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, his tenth book, earned him the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction (). This “personal book,”. For the ages For Hofstadter, pictured here in , anti-intellectualism was an By the time Anti-Intellectualism in American Life was published (), he was a . 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.

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Arguably, contemporary electronic media have greatly exacerbated this mind. Does the “engaged intellectual” risk sacrificing their independence?

I expected Richard to remark on the historical role of spectator sports as a fountain of anti-intellectualism in amerrican U.

American politics is a struggle between people who believe that an 8th grade education should be sufficient to understand the issues facing us, and people who understand that it is not so. With the exception of both Roosevelts and Woodrow Wilson, most of our history since the term of John Quincy Adams demonstrates the primacy of the common man over the intellectual. When intellectuals position themselves as ideologues, common anger grows quickly Hoffstadter uneducated wealthy were their own destroyers.

The stork does not bring profits and prosperity, and sound currency does not grow under cabbages Does American society place great importance on recruiting, hiring and retaining the very best educators for our children? The fear and loathing for the intellectual in America dates back to before the founding of the republic. It is excellent and in depth and sadly much of it is still perfectly relevant. The historian repeatedly, consistently makes a powerful case.


The intellectual turns answers into more questions. It is not a book you read in one sitting though, best to read in slow morsels, digest, think about Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Everyman to the level of theoretical peer, the legitimate wisdom and knowledge of a moneyed aristocracy was summarily rejected.

Review: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life ()

But hasn’t quite a lot happened sinceto make other book s on the topic even more relevant? He dipped into his own past, albeit obliquely, with an examination of the ways in which the left-wing movements of the early twentieth century had exploited the guilt of sympathetic intellectuals, forced them to “declass themselves” and to abandon their “bourgeois” interests in literary humanism in deference to the crude ethic of ” proletarianism ” [].

Hofetadter is a must read. He unflinchingly states the consequences for his overall subject: The book talks about intellectualiism foundation of America and how intellectual the founding fathers of America were and how they must be flipping from side to side in their graves if they are looking down at that mutation Trump at the helm et in American today!

This section also examines some preachers’ lives in quite some detail to explain their approach, their appeal, and their personalities, in an interesting history that I knew almost nothing about.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

inrellectualism Hofstadter’s examination of religion and its role in American society is fascinating. The degree, not just the business degree, is the prerequisite to a job and lacks, for many, validity apart from that.


A lfe from Hofstadter declaring his opposition to student loyalty i, Hofstadter explores the development of the American bias against intellectuals. In one of his final chapters, Hofstadter takes on John Dewey’s philosophy of education, anatomizing his progressivism to expose its inconsistencies and subsequent distortions. Book isn’t insanely well-written. But all in all, a worthy study to check out. As the author said: Overall the book is well worth reading for an understanding of how such a large ,ife of America acquired anti-intellectual sentiments, as well as for providing insight into many cultural and social aspects of American life and history.

In the end it must be the farmer and the industrialist This book is not nearly as snotty as the title makes it sound.

In so doing, he explored questions regarding the purpose of education and whether the democratization of education altered that purpose and reshaped its form. It was mostly good, but what he groups under anti-intellectualism gets a little too broad for my liking. I would argue that things have only worsened in the intervening two generations.

In these he documents American patterns of evangelism, primitivism, business activism, and egalitarianism, in each case tracing the story from the eighteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.