“David Brown here sketches out, with a deft but sure hand, a distinctly Midwestern persuasion in American historical writing. Although firmly grounded in regional consciousness—or perhaps because of that fact—the body of work generated by this outlook has greatly enriched the general fund of American self-knowledge and self-criticism, and remains a source of fresh illumination today. Yet until now this persuasion has gone largely unnoticed in most accounts of American thought and American historiography. Thanks to David Brown, that should soon cease to be the case.”
(Wilfred M. McClay, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)
About the Author
David S. Brown is professor of history at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Thomas Jefferson: A Biographical Companion and Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.