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“Mrs. Hofstadter” and the Myth of the Heroic Lone Scholar

I understand if reader interest has waned in relation to the ongoing debates on whether or not Richard Hofstadter should still matter as an exemplar for historians today. If you’re not invested in whether or not he was elitist generally, or in his philosophy of education, I get it. And, finally, I understand if you don’t care how much Hofstadter’s thinking was influenced by Marx, directly or indirectly (i.e. if RH was a kind of Critical Theorist). Multi-entry blog debates with lots of minutiae are wearisome. With that, today I am bringing something different to the conversation. The passage below—from Read more