Hofstadter Lives: Political Culture and Temperament in the Work of an American Historian

@article{Kazin1999HofstadterLP,
  title={Hofstadter Lives: Political Culture and Temperament in the Work of an American Historian},
  author={Michael Kazin},
  journal={Reviews in American History},
  year={1999},
  volume={27},
  pages={334 - 348}
}
  • M. Kazin
  • Published 1 June 1999
  • History
  • Reviews in American History
Unless they have a professional interest in historiography, most contemporary historians of the United States take a rather condescending view toward their predecessors from earlier generations. On occasion, an individual author from the past is credited with anticipating the future course of scholarship (W.E.B. DuBois's work on Reconstruction being a prime example). But, otherwise, we tend to regard recent works on any popular subject as being more enlightened in tone, more sophisticated in… 
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