The Misreading of American History

Worsthorne, Peregrine
February 1956
New Republic;2/13/56, Vol. 134 Issue 7, p16
The article presents information related to the misreading of American history. The very word "conservatism" has a peculiarly un-American ring about it. True, the New World has a tradition—but it is an overwhelmingly liberal tradition. Admittedly, Southern political conservative thinkers did make a determined attempt before the Civil War to introduce the ancien regime into the New World. The critics of American capitalism have shown even less. Their main object has not been to check the depredations or greed of business men out for the main chance, but rather to make sure that everyone else has an opportunity to do likewise.


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