“The Uses of History in the Anti-War Writing of Robinson Jeffers and Ezra Pound” appeared in Jeffers Studies, volume 20, 2017/2018. The article was published in January 2021. Although both writers condemned American foreign policy during World War II, they did so for radically different reasons. Pound’s reading of American history led him to a […]
Richard Drake holds the Lucile Speer Research Chair in Politics and History at the University of Montana. His recent publications include The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) and Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism (Cornell University Press, 2018). The second edition […]
As a semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in New Jersey during the 1930s, Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America delivers a vivid account of how this major American writer perceived the formative influences in his life. From childhood, it seemed to him that Jews in America faced myriad threats. His prize-winning novel depicts for that time and […]
I became interested in the work of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) while doing research for a book on the life of the American historian Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948). Jeffers and Beard both published books in 1948 that denounced the foreign policy of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for what they believed to be its warmongering character. Beard’s […]
Paul Buhle wrote an excellent review article which appeared on the Progressive Magazine’s website on February 20, 2019. The piece titled “Charles Beard: Bob La Follette’s Friend” is republished here with permission. Charles Beard: Bob La Follette’s Friend A new book corrects the record on the anti-imperialist historian—a close ally of “The Progressive’s” founder—whose work was […]
With the publication in 1913 of An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948) became one of the most famous, influential, and controversial historians in America.