This volume of writings by outstanding twentieth-cnetury American historians presents one aspect of the problem which results from the conflict between the subjectivity of the historian and the objectivity of the past. It examines in particular the relationship between the historian and the climate of opinion in which he does he work.
Part 1: Historians of the Earlier 1900s 1. Written History as an Act of Faith Charles Beard (1934) 2. The Rise of American Civilization Charles and Mary Beard (1927) 3. Main Currents in American Thought Vernon Louis Parrington (1927) 4. Commentary on Progressive Histories Charles Crowe (1966) Part 2: Historians Since World War II 5. The Liberal Tradition in America Louis Hartz (1955) 6. The Genius of American Politics Daniel Boorstin (1953) 7. The Age of Reform Richard Hofstadter (1955) 8. Commentary on ‘Consensus and Continuity’ in Post-War Historical Interpretations J. Rogers Hollingsworth (1962) Part 3: A Dissenting Neo-Progressivism in the 1960s: The New Left Historians 9. The Historian as Participant Staughton Lynd (1967) 10. Populism, Authoritariansim and the Historian Norman Pollack (1965) 11. Commentary on the New Left Irwin Unger (1967) Part 4: The Historian and the Climate of Opinion: An Obstacle or an Opportunity? 12. The Attempt to Write a More Scientific History Allan Bogue (1967) 13. A Critique of the Scientific Hope Arthur Schlesinger, Jr (1962) 14. The Historian as Moral Critic John Higham (1962)