Charles Beard: Punished for Seeking Peace
His reputation was savaged because he had the temerity to question the ‘Good War’ narrative.
[Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, March 21, 2019]
Bacevich’s review of Charles Austin Beard: The Return of the Master Historian of American Imperialism (Richard Drake, Cornell University Press, 2018) caught my attention because I have a few of his
crappy old books, most notably, A Basic History of the United States (Charles and Mary Beard, 1944), from which this comes:
I like that quote. Don’t ask me how Beard justifies the assertion– seems more of an assumption, to me– but I like it nevertheless. FYI: the quote does not appear in The Beards’ New Basic History of the United States (1960), published after the deaths of Charles and Mary.
An interesting review. Recommended if you like history or historiography.
Here’s a biography on Beard from that infallible source.