An Accidental Historian
In 1961, I intended to study for a doctorate in American intellectual history. A senior majoring in history and literature at Harvard, I wanted to go to Berkeley to work with Henry May. At Harvard, the two great intellectual influences on me had been Perry Miller and Oscar Handlin. Miller dominated American history and literature. His majestic work not only rescued the New England Puritans from the charge of anti-intellectual bigotry, it pointed toward a coherent intellectual tradition throughout American history. Through its passion and brilliance it also conveyed the excitement of ideas in history.
KeywordsSocial History American History School Reform Early School Russell Sage Foundation
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