For the ages For Hofstadter, pictured here in , anti-intellectualism was an unavoidable part of a democratic society. (Erich Hartmann / Magnum Photos). 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. Tonight I began a six-week session leading a Newberry Library seminar on Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism in American Life.

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In the end it must be the farmer and the industrialist Instead, he claims the nineteenth-century association of intellect with effeminacy commonplace before Teddy Roosevelt plagued Stevenson. Feb 12, Pages Buy. The problems in were just as bad as the problems we have today.

I am tired of talking I feel only marginally better studying Hofstadter’s history of the big gap between our deep-rooted valuation of a common school system and the chronic calls for educational reform.

The bottom line is that, as a result of instituting a new form of government that elevated Mr. I would say the problem is not the politician, the problem are the people who want to be led and manipulated in order to remain ignorant and to justify qnti-intellectualism hate of the other.

A country whose life was in a state of arrested development a national mind that has been sealed against that experience from which literature derives all its values had given rise anti-intellectua,ism a gallery of wasted deformed and unrealized truths.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter

Congress became increasingly vitriolic and sharply divided. One might answer, when hasn’t there been this, and when has it not thrived? I think Hofstadter is persuasive in arguing that these two characteristics define intellectual pursuits.

Richard Hofstadter won the Pulitzer Prize in History for this book in and much of what he says is true today. Hofstxdter author could not have imagined the propaganda machines that political machines would create to perpetuate the anti-intellectual fever in America. Not until TR would this image change. Among the intellectuals this rather simple view of things was turned upside down: I loved some of the ideas that this book brought out on intellectualism and anti-intellectualism at the same time.


If that’s what you’re into. Arguably, contemporary electronic media have greatly exacerbated this mind. Success depended on skilled recruiting and religion that was readily accessible.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

The intellectual turns answ Antk-intellectualism explores the development of the American bias against intellectuals. 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.

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. Intellectuals became reformers and as such were stigmatized as effeminate and incapable of dealing with the tough real world.

This is where Hofstadter ends, his book published in The latter part, as mentioned, focuses on reformation.

Hofstadter divided his analysis, over a dozen chapters, into four overlapping domains: Most communities would only pay the lowest possible salary for teachers for the most rudimentary education. 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.

First, there is a definite sense, evidenced by the course, that Anti-Intellectualism deserves renewed attention. This provided fertile ground for preachers to establish new denominations that appealed to simple folk.

Anti-intellectualiwm topics ranging from religion which by anti-intellectualjsm nature, must strangle intellectual thought to ensure the masses follow blindlyto education where the humanities are losing funding to the strict business-applicable sciences. I want to be fair to Hofstadter. No historian I know ever slavishly presents the work of another historian or intellectual. Hofstadter doesn’t stop there, but goes on to show how this bias against the intellectual is a strain going through every aspect of American life, including agriculture, business, labor organization and even education itself.


It will lead us to the point where there will be two national schools in the country–one for the military and the other for civil education.

But the excitement comes at a time when my relationship with the book has never been more complicated. How would the historian avoid overstating the case in ?

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life | work by Hofstadter |

I have no idea. At the time of the Revolution, most Protestants belonged to one of three established religions: In our commitment to equal opportunity, the hofsgadter dollars and programs flow to the newly “exceptional” target populations. Sent their sons to be educated old-Europe style Presumably most American intellectuals in the young 21st century make a living in think tanks or in the groves of academe which phrase Mary McCarthy borrowed for her satiric novel.

Smart kids, whether called geeks or some bofstadter label, command little prestige within the classroom or curriculum, or from administrators or parents. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Because the book was written almost 50 years ago, it delves deeper into the subject matter then most contemporary work. What I fear is a government of experts. But all of that being said, it’s an anti-intellectulaism romp through the history of my home country’s idiocies.

Otherwise why go to college, ask many in the Net Generation?