In Retrospect: Lous Hartz's The Liberal Tradition in America

@article{Kloppenberg2001InRL,
  title={In Retrospect: Lous Hartz's The Liberal Tradition in America},
  author={James T. Kloppenberg},
  journal={Reviews in American History},
  year={2001},
  volume={29},
  pages={460 - 476}
}
Almost half a century after its publication in 1955, Louis Hartz's The Liberal Tradition in America continues to influence the way many Americans think about their nation and its history. Conservatives and radicals alike still explicitly invoke or implicitly embrace Hartz's analysis to support the claim that devotion to individualism and defense of property rights have defined American culture. In this retrospective assessment, I advance two arguments. First, despite its importance as a… 

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