The Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America

Session 5: New Deal Progressivism, the Jeffersonian Revival, and the Agrarian Tradition

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Guest Lecturer: Dr. Burton W. Folsom, Jr.View a short interview regarding this theme

Themes: Reactions to Progressivism and the New Deal; anti-industrialism, anti-materialism, and decentralist currents within conservative thought with a specific focus on the early 20th century through the rise of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal.


Recorded: 2/15/2012

Required Reading:

Nash, George. “How Should Conservatives Look Back on the New Deal?,” Reappraising the Right (p. 313-316)

Regnery, Alfred S. “Upstream: The Ascendance of American Conservatism,” (Chapter 2; p. 12-24)

Davidson, Donald. “That this Nation May Endure—The Need for Political Regionalism,” Who Owns America?

Davidson, Donald. “Some Day, In Old Charleston,” Still Rebels, Still Yankees (p. 213-227)

Domitrovic, Brian. “Economic Policy and the Road to Serfdom: The Watershed of 1913,” Back on the Road to Serfdom

Folsom, Burton. “New Deal or Raw Deal?” (p. 237-244)

Gamble, Richard. “Applied Christianity: Implementing the Progressive Worldview,” The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, The Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation

Pestritto, R.J., “Why Progressivism is not and Never Was a Source of Conservative Values”

Higgs, Robert . “Depression, War, and Cold War,” (p. 106-110)

Lippmann, Walter. “ The Good Society,”  (p. 3-7)

Recommended Reading:

Adams, Henry. “The Dynamo and the Virgin,” in David Hollinger and Charles Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition: A Sourcebook Volume II, 1865 – Present

Belloc, Hilaire. “Modern Man,” Who Owns America?

Berry, Wendell. “The Total Economy,” Wealth, Poverty, and Human Destiny

Bourne, Randolph. “Trans-National America,” in David Hollinger and Charles Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition: A Sourcebook Volume II, 1865 – Present

Carlson, Allan. The New Agrarian Mind: The Movement Toward Decentralist Thought in Twentieth-Century America

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. Selection, Women and Economics, in David Hollinger and Charles Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition: A Sourcebook Volume II, 1865 – Present

Holmes, Oliver Wendell. “Natural Law,” in David Hollinger and Charles Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition: A Sourcebook Volume II, 1865 – Present

Lytle, Andrew. “The Hind Tit,” I’ll Take My Stand.

Lytle, Andrew. “They Took Their Stand: The Agrarian View After Fifty Years”

Panichas, George. “In the Agrarian Conservative Tradition”

Ransom, Richard. “Corporate and Private Persons,” Who Owns America?

Ransom, John Crowe. “Reconstructed but Unregenerate,” in David Hollinger and Charles Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition: A Sourcebook Volume II, 1865 – Present

Rubin, Louis, et al. I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition

Tugwell, Rexford G. Selection, The Battle for Democracy, in David Hollinger and Charles Capper, The American Intellectual Tradition: A Sourcebook Volume II, 1865 – Present

Watson, Bradley C.S. Living Constitution, Dying Faith

Course Overview

Section One: Introduction
Section Two: The Foundations of American Conservatism
Section Three: The 20th Century and the Recovery of a Conservative Tradition
Section Four: Conservative Triumph, Consensus, and Crisis