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Ben Alpers

Dividing the Great Depression and Teaching “Social Progress and the Power of Intellect”

As LD nicely put it in her post on Volume II, Part Two, we are now in the “heart of the batting order.”[1] It is also where the The American Intellectual Tradition begins to cover material that I’ve worked on as well as taught.  This is actually one of the challenges for me of teaching Volume II, especially Parts Two to Four. All that my students know of this period of American thought will be what we read in class. My greater knowledge of the broader intellectual context is, of course, a good thing. But in certain ways it makes Read more