Henry Steele Commager

Henry Steele Commager (kŏm´Ĭjər), 1902–98, American historian, b. Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his Ph.D. from the Univ. of Chicago in 1928 and taught history at New York Univ. (1926–38), Columbia (1938–56), and Amherst (1956–94). He was an outspoken opponent of both McCarthyism (see McCarthy, Joseph R.) and the Vietnam War. His writings, often in collaboration with other historians, are extensive. Among them are The Growth of the American Republic (with Samuel E. Morison, 1930; 6th ed. 1969), The American Mind (1950), The American Character (1970), and Commager on Tocqueville (1993). Among the books he edited are Documents of American History (1934, 8th ed. 1968) and Readings in American History (with Allan Nevins, 1939).

See the biographical essays in Freedom and Reform, ed. by H. M. Hyman and L. W. Levy (1967).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Henry Steele Commager: Midcentury Liberalism and the History of the Present
Neil Jumonville.
University of North Carolina Press, 1999
Freedom, Loyalty, Dissent
Henry Steele Commager.
Oxford University Press, 1954
Theodore Parker
Henry Steele Commager.
Little Brown and Company, 1936
Recasting: Gone with the Wind in American Culture
Darden Asbury Pyron.
University Presses of Florida, 1983
Librarian’s tip: "The Civil War in Georgia's Red Clay Hills" by Henry Steele Commager begins on p. 11
Understanding the American Past: American History and Its Interpretation
Edward N. Saveth.
Little Brown, 1965 (2nd edition)
The Constitution Reconsidered
Conyers Read.
Columbia University Press, 1938
Librarian’s tip: "Constitutional History and the Higher Law" by Henry Steele Commager begins on p. 225
Howells: A Century of Criticism
Kenneth E. Eble.
Southern Methodist University Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: "For Fifty Years a Literary Dynamo: A Review of Howells by Van Wyck Brooks" by Henry Steele Commager begins on p. 231
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