Author and historian, OSCAR HANDLIN has from his early boyhood spent countless hours in the public and special libraries of this country, reading and studying their immense treasures. His article is particularly appropriate for the celebration of National Library Week, April 12 to 18.
No one knows better than OSCAR HANDLIN, Winthrop Professor of History at Harvard, the trials and the prejudices which have best so many of the minorities which compose our bloodstream, He is the author of THK UPROOTED, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1952, and more recently of THE AMERICANS: A NEW HISTORY OF THE PEOPLE OF THK UNITED STATES, in both of which he has thrown fresh light upon the long and troubled process of Americanization.
A Harvard historian who has specialized in American history, OSCAR HANDLIN won the Pulitzer Prize with his book THE UPROOTED,and a fter ten years’ preparation has just published his illuminating single-volume history, THE AMERICANS.In the following article he makes an assessment of the Eisenhower Administration based upon the former President’s new book and on other recent volumes written by those close to Ike in the years 1952-1956.
Along with their few belongings, the American colonists brought with them European traditions which they believed would shape their new society. But their life at the edge of the wilderness proved to be very different from their plans: the power of the church dwindled; labor was in short supply, and the Indians would not help; and they were compelled to take a course independent of their benefactors in London. This new society, republican in nature, is described in these chapters drawn from OSCAR HANDLIN’Sbig history of the American people. Professor of history at Harvard and Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Handlin has been at work on this new volume for a decade.
“Neutralism,” says OSCAR HANDLIN, “ is often described as a policy of nonalignment adhered to by the new Afro-Asian nations which desire peace in order to further their own interests.” The inaccuracy of this description, the development of the original concept of neutrality, and the disastrous form it has now taken are pointed up in the following article by Mr. Handlin, an eminent member of the faculty of Harvard and director of its Center for the Study of the History of Liberty in America.
An eminent member of the faculty of Harvard University and director of its Center for the Study of the History of Liberty in America, OSCAR HANDLIN is an authority on the immigrant in the United States. In 1952, Mr. Handlin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History for his sound and eloquent volume, THE UPROOTED.