Richard Hofstadter

Richard Hofstadter was an American public intellectual, historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University. In the course of his career, Hofstadter became the “iconic historian of postwar liberal consensus” whom twenty-first century scholars continue consulting, because his intellectually engaging books and essays continue to illuminate contemporary history.

His most important works are Social Darwinism in American Thought, 1860–1915 (1944); The American Political Tradition (1948); The Age of Reform (1955); Anti-intellectualism in American Life (1963), and the essays collected in The Paranoid Style in American Politics (1964). He was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize: in 1956 for The Age of Reform, an unsentimental analysis of the populism movement in the 1890s and the progressive movement of the early 20th century; and in 1964 for the cultural history, Anti-intellectualism in American Life.

Books in order of publication:

Published works

Social Darwinism in American Thought, 1860–1915, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992 [1944]

The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It (New York: A. A. Knopf, 1948).

The Age of Reform: from Bryan to FDR (New York: Knopf, 1955).

Academic Freedom in the Age of the College, Columbia University Press, [1955] 1961.

The United States: the History of a Republic (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1957), college textbook; several editions; coauthored with Daniel Aaron and William Miller

Anti-intellectualism in American Life (New York: Knopf, 1963).

The Progressive Movement, 1900–1915 (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1963). edited excerpts.

The Paranoid Style in American Politics, and Other Essays (New York: Knopf, 1965).

The Progressive Historians: Turner, Beard, Parrington (New York: Knopf, 1968)

The Idea of a Party System: The Rise of Legitimate Opposition in the United States, 1780–1840 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969).

American Violence: A Documentary History, co-edited with Mike Wallace (1970)

America at 1750: A Social Portrait (1971)

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