The S-USIH Best Book prize for books published in 2016 goes to Jan Stievermann’s Prophecy, Piety, and the Problem of Historicity. Interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures in Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana. Stievermann, who teaches at the University of Heidelberg, where he is professor […]
The Society for U.S. Intellectual History announces the open call for candidates to serve as S-USIH officers, with terms that cover June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. We encourage members who are interested to self-nominate by Ray Haberski at […]
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Dorothy Ross Award for best article published by an emerging scholar goes to Nick Witham for his article, “Popular History, Postwar Liberalism, and the Role of the Public Intellectual […]
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“Democracy, in silence, biding its time, ponders its own ideals….”
–Walt Whitman, Democratic Vistas, 1871
In 1981, Ralph Ellison explained that he had offered his 1952 novel, Invisible Man, as “a raft of hope, perception, and entertainment that might help keep us afloat as we tried to negotiate the snags and whirlpools that mark our nation’s vacillating course toward and away from the democratic ideal.”[i] James T. Kloppenberg’s monumental Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought does a great deal to chart this “vacillating course.” Colossal in its scope, rigorous in its attention to detail, simultaneously synthetic and path-breaking, Toward Democracy asks readers to explore Ellison’s whirlpools and snags, rather than plot a straight course through the currents of democracy’s history.