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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, history)
Theodore Parker: Yankee Crusader (1936, biography)
America: The Story of a Free People (1942, history)
Majority Rule and Minority Rights (1943, politics)
The American Mind: An Interpretation of American Thought and Character Since the 1880s (1950, intellectual history)
Freedom, Loyalty, Dissent (1954, politics)
Freedom and Order: A Commentary on The American Political Scene (1966, politics)
The Search for a Usable Past, and Other Essays in Historiography (1967, history)
The Defeat of America: Presidential Power and the National Character (1974, politics)
Jefferson, Nationalism, and the Enlightenment (1975, intellectual history)
The Empire of Reason: How Europe Imagined and America Realized the Enlightenment (1977, history)

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