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Gun culture in the U.S. goes back to the American Revolution and the harsh reality of frontier life. In 1970, the last year of his life, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Hofstadter wrote that the gun rights culture that persisted into the 20th century originated in a time when men and women were ...
It is a network that produces political entertainment, mostly in the form of programming that appeals to what the historian Richard Hofstadter called, back in 1964, the paranoid style. The fact that [Peters] now recognizes that Kool-Aid for what it is -- poisonous propaganda -- tells you how unhinged Fox has ...

There's always been what the historian Richard Hofstadter called “the paranoid style in American politics“, but Bannon and Trump have made that mainstream, with dangerous omens for U.S. democracy. Remember, Bannon in the run-up to teaming with Trump was a double-edge sword, using the data he ...
Many at the time, and since, have argued that the strike profoundly damaged Columbia by violating its status as a neutral, if imperfect, bastion of “free argument and inquiry,” as the historian Richard Hofstadter said shortly after the protests in a commencement address, delivered in place of Mr. Kirk.
Historian Richard Hofstadter's Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1962) offers us some clues because Trump's crassness appeals to the anti-intellectual strain in American culture. In many ways Trump epitomizes this aspect. His global-warming denials and appointments of so many second-class minds ...
American historian Richard Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize-winning book keeps returning.The last week alone has provided us with Betsy Devos's interview gaff and a climate change skeptic about to be our nation's top diplomat. Hofstadter began his career left of center but eventually drifted into consensus ...

The historian Richard Hofstadter was a critic of the populists, yet in his classic 1955 book “The Age of Reform,” he recognized that ruling classes can be pushed in two quite different directions. “One of the primary tests of the mood of a society at any given time,” he wrote, “is whether its comfortable people ...
The historian Richard Hofstadter was a critic of the populists, yet in his classic 1955 book "The Age of Reform," he recognized that ruling classes can be pushed in two quite different directions. "One of the primary tests of the mood of a society at any given time," he wrote, "is whether its comfortable people ...
... the earliest days of European settlement. The celebrated 20th-century American historian Richard Hofstadter, no friend of guns in the modern age, nonetheless acknowledged in a landmark 1970 article that early Colonial farmers required guns for hunting and “for the control of wild vermin and predators.” ...
In 1970, historian and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Hofstadter argued in “American Heritage” magazine that “the United States is the only modern industrial urban nation that persists in maintaining a gun culture,” but yet is the most passive in implementing gun control. Unfortunately, this argument ...

Commenting on the revolutions of 1848 in Europe, the British historian A.J.P. Taylor remarked that "German history reached its turning point and failed ... The celebrated 20th-century American historian Richard Hofstadter, no friend of guns in the modern age, nonetheless acknowledged in a landmark 1970 ...
The celebrated 20th-century American historian Richard Hofstadter, no friend of guns in the modern age, nonetheless acknowledged in a landmark 1970 article that early Colonial farmers required guns for hunting and “for the control of wild vermin and predators.” Though the country always has had large ...
(CNN) Whenever we talk about guns in America, the card-carrying members of the National Rifle Association are always the mouthpieces, equating being a gun owner with American hyper-patriotism. The historian Richard Hofstadter described the concept of "gun culture" -- guns viewed by many as part of ...
In 1955, the historian Richard Hofstadter published a book whose title named the period from the 1890s through the 1940s “The Age of Reform.” He accepted as axiomatic that reformers came from “the side of the left in American history.” Still, he noted, there was now a tendency among conservative ...
(The Rutgers historian Bonnie G. Smith wrote about such erasures in The Gender of History, 1998.) I had been asking myself the same question about Beatrice Hofstadter since I read those sparkling acknowledgments as an undergraduate. But in the aftermath of the 2016 election, with Richard's name on ...
Beatrice's role as an editor matters because of Richard Hofstadter's reputation among historians today: Many dispute his interpretations, but he is almost unanimously lauded for his confident, pithy prose style. The Age of Reform, on 19th-century agrarian dissatisfaction: "Here was the irony from which the ...
It's a method that Weisberg associates with historian Richard Hofstadter's essay "The Paranoid Style in American Politics." "What the paranoid style is, it's not just being paranoid," Weisberg told Stelter. "It's taking on the characteristics of your opponents... And I see paranoid behavior in that sense by Trump ...
Not long before my Washington rendezvous with Bell, the astute Columbia University historian Richard Hofstadter coined a term: “The paranoid style in American politics.” The 1964 Johnson-Goldwater contest that prompted the coinage was indeed characterized by Goldwater's weird utterances, and his ...
In 1970, the then-celebrated U.S. historian Richard Hofstadter coined the term gun culture. “Many otherwise intelligent Americans cling with pathetic stubbornness to the notion that the people's right to bear arms is the greatest protection of their individual rights and a firm safeguard of democracy—without ...


 

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