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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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Throughout my reading life I have often dived into and been impressed with the book of Douglas R. Hofstadter. When reading about that Hofstadter it is often pointed out that he is different from this historian Hofstadter. So, I decided, why not read the "other" Hofstadter? I am glad I did. This brisk, accessible American history explores the pre-Revolutionary War American Colonial Era and the foundations laid there not only for that War but for much of what makes America unique. I find it really ...more
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 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 illuminate contemporary history.
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