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New Directions in American Intellectual History

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Until the 'coming of age' of social history in the 1960s, intellectual historians had taken the lead in the 20th-century study of the American past.

This volume reflects the recent resurgence of interest in intellectual history. It exemplifies the concerns of a new generation of intellectual historians and highlights the various directions probed by their scholarship. Take
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Paperback, 265 pages
Published June 1st 1980 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 1979)
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Required reading for students of American intellectual, cultural, and (arguably) social history. This set of essays, published in 1979, derives from the "Wingspread Conference" in Racine, Wisconsin, in late 1977. The contributors came together to discuss the state and future of the field of American intellectual history. For the most part, these essays are still highly relevant today.

At the heart of this book is a disciplinary catch-22 created by the dominance of social history. On the one hand,
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John William Higham (26 October 1920 - 26 July 2003) was an American historian, scholar of American culture and specialist on issues of ethnicity.

Born in Jamaica, Queens, Higham earned his undergraduate history degree from Johns Hopkins in 1941 and received a master's degree from Yale University in 1942. In World War II, he served with the historical division of the Army Air Corps in Italy. He mar
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