Lawrence Glickman

Professor of History, Cornell University

Lawrence Glickman is Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor in American Studies in the History Department at Cornell University in New York. His latest book is Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America (2009). He is currently working on a history of the idea of ‘free enterprise’ in the United States.

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Everyone was a liberal

Lawrence Glickman

I appreciate all of these comments and hope to add more later. In the meantime, I wanted to note that a lot of the discussion here is normative but that the goal of my piece was historical. In other words, I am less interested in which definition of liberalism is best than in why Americans so eagerly debated this question in the middle of the twentieth century but have stopped debating it since. There are lots of reasons for the delegitimation of liberalism in the 1960s-1970s, including the convergence of critiques by the New Left and the revived conservative movement. I also want to thank Nicola Williams for these very interesting thoughts.

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