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By Richard Hofstadter

Original yr of publication: 1962; 1963

"The such a lot finished, succinct, and well-written one-volume remedy of the topic now available."--Walter Laqueur

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life was once provided the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction. it's a booklet which throws gentle on many positive aspects of the yankee personality. Its main issue isn't really in basic terms to painting the scorners of mind in American existence, yet to assert anything approximately what the highbrow is, and will be, as a strength in a democratic society.

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Furnaces and a steam engine occupied part of the basement, while the yeast department took up the basement’s east end. Large ovens rested on the furnaces. The “Auto­maton Bakery’s” kneading machine consisted of a double-headed wooden ­cylinder, ten feet long by six feet in diameter, fixed in a horizontal frame. The inner heads were connected by two strong bars situated on opposite sides, and these bars made it possible to mix the flour, water, and sponge. One of these bars even cleaned the machine as it turned.

Drainage was to be carried by gravity, and city streets had to be raised to accomplish this. Sewers were laid on the ground, and then soil from the deepening of the river laid on top. The city then constructed paved streets on top of the new public works system. Owners had buildings jacked up to meet the new streets and laid basements. In some residential areas they ignored the new streets and built elevated walkways from the front door to reach the street. The Chicago River became the city’s giant sewer.

41 Other Scandinavians also came to Chicago, including Norwegians, Danes, and a small community of Finns. ” Early immigrants did not see this as an ethnic insult but as a celebration of American liberty. 42 English, Welsh, Scottish, and Protestant Irish also came to the city. Many of these immigrants arrived as part of the first “brain drain” from the British Isles. These British immigrants often had industrial experience and helped bring about the city’s swift transformation into an industrial center.

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