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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Jun 01, Ci rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 7 comments. Embraced by readers across the nation and securely ensconced at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, Hofstadter certainly intellecrualism a privileged member of an elite group, as he himself would have acknowledged.

It’s a waste of time for them, and a place they are taught to feel inferior. For over pages, Richard slogs through examples of the same unsurprising story — intellectuals and their haters were ebbing and hofstater in power but coexisting throughout our history — who knew? The Methodists went from a few thousand American members in to more than a million and a half by becoming the largest single denomination.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

It is not a book you read in one sitting though, best to read in slow morsels, digest, think about In balance, he contends that Deweyan progressivism, coupled with the “life-adjustment movement,” reinforced anti-intellectualism, and I’m persuaded by his indictment.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Its concern is not merely to portray the scorners of intellect in American life, but to say something about what the intellectual is, and can be, as a force in a democratic society.

In considering the historic tension between access to education and excellence in education, Hofstadter argued that both anti-intellectualism and utilitarianism were consequences, in part, of the democratization of knowledge. And these attitudes have consequences. The prominence of figures such as Dale Carnegie explains the application of this cult. Everyman to the level of theoretical peer, the legitimate wisdom and knowledge of a moneyed aristocracy was richar rejected.


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View all 5 comments. Schools in America originally conformed to European standards as a way to prepare the upper classes for further academic studies. We face many of the same problems now that we did 50 hodstadter ago when this was written, which is really a mind-bogglingly sad fact.

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Divorced people turn out to have more intellectual interests than happily married horstadter. He examines, hofstadtdr, wonders, imagines whereas the intelligent man grasps, manipulates and creates order. Also great for anyone interested in US history. From the beginning he thought the American mind caught between the hopeless imperatives of the puritan code and the stark realities of business self-assertion had developed a kind of unwholesome doubleness that militated against the creation or at least the fulfilment of first rate artists and thinkers.

Overall the book is well worth reading for an understanding of how such a large proportion of America acquired anti-intellectual sentiments, as oife as for providing insight into many cultural and social aspects of American life and history.

With current policies we might end amerjcan reversing the brain-drain which we have relied upon for so long, it has masked the flaws in our education system and its classist fundamentals. But with Jackson, such criteria were anathema. I found myself wondering also if the lack of a really strong strain of communism in the intellectual pot of America has not deprived us, culturally and collectively, of a way to make claims for economic equality without sliding between the notions of economic class and social class.

In our commitment to equal opportunity, the special dollars and programs flow to intelllectualism newly “exceptional” target populations. A little dry in places.

I don’t know what it takes to rid ourselves, in public education, of the “lowest common denominator” criterion. Rarely true as most successful people started with considerable advantages. Jonathan Mayhew and the Principles of the American Revolution.


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What are the roots of stupidity in America, and how did they grow so strong? The Scopes Monkey Trial and the vile Creationist who ignore science that story has already been told. To read it is to attain a fuller understanding of the rise of modern political figures such as Sarah Palin, What are the roots of stupidity in America, and how did they grow so strong? Jul 16, Robert Owen rated it it was amazing.

It’s This book is not nearly as snotty as the title makes it sound. The low status of schoolteachers and low opinion of teacher education programs the historian describes needs no additional comment Awesome piece of scholarship and very in depth.

Sometimes, from the vantage ofhe understates the case. Local General or Spot News Reporting. First published inand still relevant in Sent their sons to be educated old-Europe style Intellectuals have found new venues of expression, of course, but they will not be able to raise any bar.

The party is making a very profound contribution to the radicalization of the American people Or how might he characterize our supposedly post-print culture suggested by the plummeting rates of reading highlighted by the survey mentioned in my beginning?

The latter part, as mentioned, focuses on reformation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Overall the book is a fascinating look at how these waves of intellectualism and anti-intellectualism have affected the nation. Maybe we think, in our hofsstadter futures, we can buy our way out of academic inferiority. See 1 question about Anti-Intellectualism in American Life….