Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Liberalism as IdeologyEssays in Honour of Michael Freeden$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ben Jackson and Marc Stears

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600670.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 17 January 2020

Liberalism and American Stories of Peoplehood

Liberalism and American Stories of Peoplehood

Chapter:
(p.77) 4 Liberalism and American Stories of Peoplehood
Source:
Liberalism as Ideology
Author(s):

Marc Stears

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600670.003.0005

Opening by comparing Freeden’s approach to liberalism and that taken by Hartz in his celebrated Liberal Tradition in America, this chapter examines the status of liberal thinking in the US in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. The chapter opens by reminding us that Hartz often presented liberalism as enjoying a dangerously hegemonic place in American theorizing. It then demonstrates, however, that many American public figures were deeply anxious about the erosion of popular liberal sentiment in postwar America, even producing mass civic festivals, such as the American Freedom Train, to try to inculcate liberal norms across American society. The chapter concludes by demonstrating the different ways in which Hartz and Freeden might understand this phenomenon, before concluding that the internally flexible, adaptable, and open-ended nature of American liberalism has enabled it to prevail across time, in ways that neither Hartz nor Freeden might fully appreciate individually.

Keywords:   Hartz, American liberalism, Freedom Train, culture, civic festivals, Second World War, Freeden

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .