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Henry Steele Commager

Henry Steele CommagerBorn: 25-Oct-1902
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Died: 2-Mar-1998
Location of death: Amherst, MA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Historian

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The American Mind

Military service: US Army (Information and Education Division, 1945)

Father: James Williams Commager
Mother: Anna Elizabeth Commager
Wife: Evan Carroll (m. 1928, one son, two daughters)
Son: Henry Steele
Daughter: Nellie Thomas McColl (wife of Christopher Lasch)
Daughter: Elizabeth Carroll
Wife: Mary E. Powlesland (m. 1979)

    University: PhB, University of Chicago (1923)
    University: MA, University of Chicago
    University: PhD, University of Chicago (1928)
    Professor: History, New York University (1929-38)
    Professor: History, Columbia University (1938-56)
    Professor: History, Amherst College (1956-92)

    American Academy of Arts and Letters

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Author of books:
The Growth of the American Republic (1930, with Samuel Eliot Morison)
Theodore Parker: Yankee Crusader (1936)
Majority Rule and Minority Rights (1943)
The American Mind: An Interpretation of American Thought and Character Since the 1880s (1951)
Freedom, Loyalty, Dissent (1954)
The Search for a Useable Past and Other Essays in Historiography (1965)
Freedom and Order (1966)
Lester Ward and the Welfare State (1967)
The Defeat of America: War, Presidential Power, and the National Character (1974)
Jefferson, Nationalism, and the Enlightenment (1976)
The Empire of Reason: How Europe Imagined and America Realized the Enlightenment (1977)

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