Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Dorothy Ross Prize The Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Dorothy Ross Prize for best article in US intellectual history by an emerging scholar (defined as […]
Society for U. S. Intellectual History 2017 Annual Book Award The Society for U. S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) is pleased to announce its Annual Book Award for the best book in U.S. intellectual history. The book should be a work […]
Call for Papers: “Histories of Memory, Memories of History” Society for U.S. Intellectual History Annual Conference Oct. 26-29, 2017 Plano, TX The Society for U.S. Intellectual History invites proposals for its 2017 conference, to be held Oct. 26-29, 2017 at […]
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Halfway through graduate school, I changed my emphasis from early American to twentieth century American history. I made this switch primarily because my research at the time failed to resonate sufficiently with my growing investment in contemporary politics, as I was knee deep in the waters that would eventually carry me to the left.
When consulting with my (new) adviser on what subject to pursue, they asked whether I would be interested in researching the New Right. I replied that while I definitely would be, I did not think it a good idea to make my primary sources – the stuff I would have to read day in, day out – material that would fill me with anger and despair. So instead I chose to study liberalism.
Well!, as any frequent reader of this blog likely knows, that did not go as planned. Little did I know that my exploration of postwar liberalism would lead me away from identifying as “very liberal” on Facebook to “radicalish” and then finally plain old “socialist.” Before too long, I found myself in the position of working on a project that requires me to read things that make my eyes bleed.