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The Dialectical Liberalism of Richard Hofstadter

Symposium: Richard Hoftstadter and The American Political Tradition


This essay examines Richard Hofstadter’s The American Political Tradition, alongside some of his unpublished writings from the 1940s, in order to reassess his contributions to the history of American political culture and thought. After exploring some of the implications of Hofstadter’s critical analysis of mid-century liberalism, the essay then considers how we might bring his insights into the present.


Liberalism Richard Hofstadter American political thought Intellectual history Cold War New Deal 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryNew YorkUSA

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