The American Political Tradition

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“The American Political Tradition” published in 1948 was written by a well-known historian at Colombia University. Richard Hofstadter was born on August 6, 1916, in Buffalo, New York. He attended both the University of Buffalo and Columbia University where he studied philosophy and history. Hofstadter was married twice and later in 1970 died from leukemia. Throughout his life Hofstadter had a lot of published works including Social Darwinism in American Thought, William Leggett, Spokesman of Jacksonian Democracy, The Age of Reform, The United States: the History of a Republic, and many more. Hofstadter’s purpose for writing this book was to give people a better understanding about our history. He wanted to help Americans understand who was…show more content…
The eleven chapters following this one give a little background of each main person that is listed in the title of the chapter. The next chapters describe what each person or group of people were thinking. They also contain what each person or group of people did and how it influenced the government and America. The main people talked about in the next chapters were Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, Abraham Lincoln, Wendell Philips, William Jennings Bryan, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and a few others that were mentioned. The chapters explained so much, for example it explained Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and how it “revived American liberalism.” Hofstadter was able to inform the reader that the people in history were not exactly as they seemed. The men had their own opinions on things and believed in certain ways of life and how everything should be done. Although it was not the easiest read, it was interesting. People wanting to find out more about America and the people who created it but not wanting to read a boring and very long book, should definitely read this book. Hofstadter may not have included everything about the “American Political Tradition,” he did however include the main and maybe to some the not so known parts. He does
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