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Anti intellectualism in American Life

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Subject  Intellectualism
Pages  434
Originally published  12 February 1963
Page count  434
Publisher  Alfred A. Knopf
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Publication date  1963
OCLC  227012080
Author  Richard Hofstadter
Country  United States of America
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Awards  Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction
Similar  Richard Hofstadter books, Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction winners, Intellectual books

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Anti-intellectualism in American Life is a book by Richard Hofstadter published in 1963 that won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. In this book, Hofstadter set out to trace the social movements that altered the role of intellect in American society. In so doing, he explored questions regarding the purpose of education and whether the democratization of education altered that purpose and reshaped its form. In considering the historic tension between access to education and excellence in education, Hofstadter argued that both anti-intellectualism and utilitarianism were consequences, in part, of the democratization of knowledge. Moreover, he saw these themes as historically embedded in America's national fabric, an outcome of its colonial European and evangelical Protestant heritage. Anti-intellectualism and utilitarianism were functions of American cultural heritage, not necessarily of democracy.

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