David Hoeveler

About David Hoeveler

J. David Hoeveler is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of seven books, including Creating the American Mind: Intellect and Politics in the Colonial Colleges, The Evolutionists: American Thinkers Confront Charles Darwin, 1860-1920, and Watch On The Right: Conservative Intellectuals in the Reagan Era .

Thomas Jefferson & the American “Provincial” Mind

By |2017-09-17T22:08:42-05:00September 17th, 2017|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, Books, History, Philosophy, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays|

The cosmopolitan Jefferson—enlightened, tolerant, humane—is at the same time the best example of the sensitive provincial. And in getting back to the provincial Jefferson, the essential Jefferson, we recover one of the valuable links of our national heritage… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join David Hoeveler as [...]

Irving Babbitt: American Burke

By |2020-08-01T14:02:24-05:00April 2nd, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Irving Babbitt|Tags: |

Irving Babbitt did not believe that society could save itself by reform at the bottom. “All reform must start at the top,” among the leadership classes. For conservative thinkers the past 15 years have been a season of self-assessment. In moods of disenchantment, anger, and even betrayal many have staked out positions differentiating their [...]

Thomas Jefferson and the American “Provincial” Mind

By |2016-10-23T09:59:42-05:00July 2nd, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Thomas Jefferson|Tags: |

What we think of Thomas Jefferson is likely to express precisely what we believe America is all about. For this most versatile and likeable of the Founding Fathers looms large in our history and in the symbol and imagery by which our imaginations have colored the past. For some, Jefferson is the preeminent voice [...]

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