Carl Becker

Becker, Carl Lotus

Carl Lotus Becker, 1873–1945, American historian, b. Blackhawk co., Iowa. He taught history at Dartmouth College (1901–2), at the Univ. of Kansas (1902–16), and at Cornell (1917–41). After retirement he was professor emeritus and university historian at Cornell. Among his early works were monographs such as his History of Political Parties in the Province of New York, 1760–1776 (1909), but his real forte was the analysis of thought and philosophy in action, exemplified by his studies on the American Revolutionary period (e.g., The Declaration of Independence, 1922, repr. 1942) and in the broader study, The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers (1932). His deep concern with the use of history for the improvement of international relations and the quality of life was shown in his How New Will the Better World Be? (1944). His works are remarkable as much for the quiet originality of his thought as for the purity and lucidity of his impeccable literary style.

See collection of his letters (ed. by M. Kammen, 1974); biographies by C. W. Smith (1956, repr. 1973) and B. T. Wilkins (1961, repr. 1967); C. Strout, The Pragmatic Revolt in American History (1958, repr. 1966).

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Carl Becker: Selected full-text books and articles

Carl Becker By Charlotte Watkins Smith Cornell University Press, 1956
FREE! The Eve of the Revolution: A Chronicle of the Breach with England By Carl Becker; Humphrey Milford Yale University Press, 1918
The History of Political Parties in the Province of New York, 1760-1776 By Carl Lotus Becker; Arthur M. Schlesinger University of Wisconsin Press, 1960
The Spirit of '76 and Other Essays By Carl Becker; J. M. Clark; William E. Dodd The Robert Brookings Graduate School of Economics and Government, 1927
The Constitution Reconsidered By Conyers Read Columbia University Press, 1938
Librarian's tip: Includes "Afterthoughts on Constitutions" by Carl Becker
The American Mind: Selections from the Literature of the United States By Harry R. Warfel; Ralph H. Gabriel; Stanley T. Williams American Book, vol.2, 1937
Librarian's tip: Includes an excerpt from "Everyman His Own Historian" by Carl Lotus Becker
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Great Teachers: Portrayed by Those Who Studied under Them By Houston Peterson Rutgers University Press, 1946
Librarian's tip: Includes "Frederick Jackson Turner 1861-1932" by Carl Becker
The Paradox of Progressive Thought By David W. Noble University of Minnesota., 1958
Librarian's tip: Chap. 1 "A World without History"
On the Nature of History: Essays about History and Dissidence By James C. Malin J.W. Edwards, 1954
Librarian's tip: Includes "The Absolutist "Strawman" Created by Subjective Relativists: New departures of Robinson and Beard, Becker, Fling, Adams" and "Systems of Thought that Employ the Observer's Present as a Frame of Reference: Dewey, Becker, Beard"
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