Anyone who writes about recent US history, particularly recent US intellectual history, must grapple with Daniel Rodgers’s award-winning book, Age of Fracture. Longtime readers of this blog are well aware that we’ve been wrestling with Age of Fracture ever since its 2011 publication date, a reckoning that includes a roundtable I organized for the 2011 S-USIH Conference that was published at the blog.
In this post I would like to briefly address how my new book, A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars, is implicitly grounded in an historical theory for recent US history that differs from that which shapes Age of Fracture. I say implicitly because I left this historiographical debate out of the book for fear that it would seem like too much “inside baseball” to the prized “generally educated reader” for whom I ostensibly wrote the book. But the USIH Blog is all about insider baseball! Continue reading