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James Livingston on Life and The Age of Reform by Richard Hofstadter

Classics Series Review by James Livingston (Also cross-posted from Dr. Livingston’s blog here.) Richard Hofstadter. The Age of Reform; From Bryan to F.D.R. (New York: Vintage Books, 1955) In the last semester of my senior year, I took a course in American history for the first time since high school because my comrades gently insisted on it—they figured it would lighten me up a little, make me less earnest about becoming a Bolshevik through fanatic study of Russian history and literature. I’d been accepted into the graduate programs at Columbia and Michigan; I was then leaning toward Columbia because I Read more