Mccormick Of Rutgers

Mccormick Of Rutgers

by Michael J. Birkner
     
 

Richard P. McCormick made his mark as an innovative student of American party politics, as well as the most influential interpreter of New Jersey history. A distinguished teacher, scholar, and public historian, McCormick revitalized a venerable but dormant state historical society. Later, he used notable anniversaries, such as the Bicentennial of the American

Overview

Richard P. McCormick made his mark as an innovative student of American party politics, as well as the most influential interpreter of New Jersey history. A distinguished teacher, scholar, and public historian, McCormick revitalized a venerable but dormant state historical society. Later, he used notable anniversaries, such as the Bicentennial of the American Revolution and the Tercentenary of New Jersey's founding, as vehicles to bring history to schools and the general public. He also helped create a state historical agency, the New Jersey Historical Commission, to promote New Jersey's past and preserve its historic treasures.

Birkner describes McCormick's life and times. He looks at McCormick's scholarly apprenticeship, the origins of his interest in a new political history, and his contributions to the study of American politics before the Civil War. McCormick's concern for elucidating political machinery was fused with a fundamental skepticism about American democracy as run by and for the people. Through use of oral history, McCormick tells his own story. Then, through their exchanges, Birkner challenges some of McCormick's scholarly arguments and elicits responses that help to shed light on his subject's theory of politics.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Describes the career of Richard P. McCormick of Rutgers University, an expert in New Jersey history and a controversial figure in the area of Jacksonian-era political history. A 35-page introduction overviews his life and work, and six chapters detail various phases of his career. Includes a selected bibliography of McCormick's publications. Birkner teaches history at Gettysburg College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313303562
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Studies in Historiography Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL J. BIRKNER is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Gettysburg College./e

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