16th out of 194 books — 38 voters
America at 1750: A Social Portrait
Demonstrates how the colonies developed into the first nation created under the influences of nationalism, modern capitalism and Protestantism.
paper, 320 pages
Published January 12th 1973 by Vintage
(first published 1971)
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Everybody gets a 5 because these are my favorite books. "The laws put labor at a disadvantage, but the market was on labors side, and the market was stronger." Completely original interpretation of America. Scholarly analysis unimpeded by "conventional wisdom".
Richard Hofstadter (6 August 1916 – 24 October 1970) was an American public intellectual, historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University. In the course of his career, Hofstadter became the “iconic historian of postwar liberal consensus” whom twenty-first century scholars continue consulting, because his intellectually engaging books and essays continue to illumin...moreMore about Richard Hofstadter...