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The American Intellectual Tradition

Volume II: 1865 to the Present

Seventh Edition

Edited by David A. Hollinger and General Editor: Charles Capper

Publication Date - November 2015

ISBN: 9780190262334

736 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Traces the evolution of American intellectual writing and thinking from its origins in Puritan beliefs to the most recent essays on diversity and postmodernity


Revised and updated, the seventh edition of this now standard two-volume anthology brings together some of the most historically significant writings in American intellectual history. Uniquely comprehensive, The American Intellectual Tradition includes classic works in philosophy, religion, social theory, political thought, economics, psychology, and cultural and literary criticism. Organized chronologically into thematic sections, the two volumes trace the evolution of American intellectual writing and thinking from its origins in Puritan beliefs to the most recent essays on diversity and postmodernity.

New to This Edition

* New selections reflecting recent developments in historical scholarship
* New selections by Samuel Stanhope Smith, Bronson Alcott, Francis Lieber, and others reflecting the increase in scholarly work on early racial science, educational theory, and American nationalism
* New selections on recent public debates about American "exceptionalism," religion, globalization, race, science, and technology, including Philip Kitcher on atheism, Norbert Wiener on cybernetics, and Francis Fukayama on the geopolitical dynamics of the late twentieth century

About the Author(s)

David A. Hollinger is Preston Hotchkis Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include After Cloven Tongues of Fire (2013), Postethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism (Third Edition, Expanded, 2006), Cosmopolitanism and Solidarity (2006), and Science, Jews, and Secular Culture (1996). He is a former President of the Organization of American Historians and is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Charles Capper is Professor of History at Boston University. He is the author or coeditor of several books, including Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life, Vol. 1: The Private Years (OUP, 1992), which won the 1993 Bancroft Prize, and Vol. 2: The Public Years (OUP, 2007); and Transient and Permanent: The Transcendentalist Movement and Its Contexts (1999). He is also a coeditor of Modern Intellectual History.


"This is a wonderfully rich collection of primary source readings, intelligently selected and usefully organized. This updated edition is indispensable for undergraduate courses in American intellectual or cultural history, a stimulating supplement to any undergraduate course about the United States, and required reading for graduate students."--Dorothy Ross, Johns Hopkins University

"This sourcebook continues to serve as the cornerstone of my teaching in American thought for undergraduates and graduate students alike. The American Intellectual Tradition provides a comprehensive survey ranging from Puritan theology to postmodern critical theory."--James T. Kloppenberg, Harvard University

Table of Contents

    Volume II: 1865 to the Present

    Part One: Toward a Secular Culture

    Asa Gray, Selection from "Review of Darwin's On the Origin of Species" (1860)
    Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "A Plea for Culture" (1867)
    Charles Pierce, "The Fixation of Belief" (1877)
    William Graham Sumner, "Sociology" (1881)
    Charles Augustus Briggs, Selection from Biblical Study (1883)
    Lester Frank Ward, "Mind as a Social Factor" (1884)
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "The Solitude of Self" (1892)
    Frederick Jackson Turner, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" (1893)
    Mark Twain, "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses" (1895)
    William James, The Will to Believe" (1897)
    Josiah Royce, "The Problem of Job" (1898)
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Selection from Women and Economics (1898)
    Henry Adams, "The Dynamo and the Virgin" (1907)
    George Santayana, "The Geneel Tradition in American Philosophy" (1913)

    Part Two: Social Progress and the Power of Intellect

    Jane Addams, "The Subjective Necessity of Social Settlements" (1892)
    Thorstein Veblen, Selection from The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)
    Woodrow Wilson, "The Ideals of America" (1902)
    W.E.B. Du Bois, Selection from The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
    William James, "What Pragmatism Means" (1907)
    Walter Lippmann, Selection from Drift and Mastery (1914)
    Madison Grant, Selection from The Passing of the Great Race (1916)
    Ralph Bourne, "Trans-National America" (1916)
    Ralph Bourne, "Twilight of Idols" (1917)
    H.L. Mencken, "Puritanism as a Literary Force" (1917)
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., "Natural Law" (1918)
    John Dewey, "Philosophy and Democracy" (1918)
    Joseph Wood Krutch, Selection from The Modern Temper (1929)
    John Crowe Ransom, "Reconstructed but Unregenerate" (1930)
    Ruth Benedict, Selection from Patterns of Culture (1934)
    Sidney Hook, "Communism Without Dogmas" (1934)

    Part Three: To Extend Democracy and to Formulate the Modern

    Clement Greenburg, "Avant-Garde and Kitsch" (1939)
    David Lilienthal, Selection from TVA: Democracy on the March (1944)
    Gunnar Myrdal, Selection from An American Dilemma (1944)
    Reinhold Niebuhr, Selection from The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness (1944)
    James Baldwin, "Everyone's Protest Novel" (1949)
    Erik Erikson, Selection from Childhood and Society (1950)
    George Kennan, Selection from American Diplomacy (1951)
    Whittaker Chambers, Selection from Witness (1952)
    Perry Miller, "Errand into the Wilderness" (1952)
    Hannah Arendt, "Ideology and Terror" (1953)
    J. Robert Oppenheimer, "Science and Man's Commnunity" (1954)
    Norbert Wiener, "Men, Machines, and the World About" (1954)
    Martin Luther King, Jr., "Love Your Enemies" (1957)
    John Rawls, "Justice as Fairness" (1958)
    Peter Drucker, "Innovation as Conservatism" (1959)
    John Courtney Murray, Selection from We Hold These Truths (1960)
    Lionel Trilling, "On the Teaching of Modern Literature" (1961)
    Milton Friedman, Selection from Capitalism and Freedom (1962)
    Ayn Rand, "Man's Rights" (1963)

    Part Four: Reassessing Identities and Solidarities

    Wilfred Cantwell Smith, "Christianity's Third Great Challenge" (1960)
    Harold John Ockenga, "Resurgent Evangelical Leadership" (1960)
    C. Wright Mills, "Letter to the New Left" (1960)
    Jane Jacobs, Selection from The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)
    Rachel Carson, Selection from Silent Spring (1962)
    Thomas S. Kuhn, Selection from The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962)
    Betty Friedan, Selection from The Feminine Mystique (1963)
    Susan Sontag, "Against Interpretation" (1964)
    Herbert Marcuse, Selection from Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)
    Noam Chomsky, "The Responsibility of Intellectuals" (1967)
    Edward Said, Selection from Orientalism (1978)
    Nancy Chodorow, "Gender, Relation, and Difference in Psychoanalytic Perspective" (1979)
    Richard Rodriguez, Selction from The Hunger of Memory (1982)
    Chandra Talpade Mohanty, "Under Western Eyes" (1984)
    Frederic Jameson, "Postmodernism and Consumer Society" (1985)
    Richard Rorty, "Science as Solidarity" (1986)
    Francis Fukayama, "The End of History" (1989)
    Judith Butler, Selection from Gender Trouble (1990)
    Thomas Pogge, "Priorities of Global Justice" (2001)
    Barack Obama, "A More Perfect Union" (2008)
    Philip Kitcher, "Militant Modern Atheism" (2010)