Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
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History, we can confidently assert, is useful in the sense that art and music, poetry and flowers, religion and philosophy are useful. Without it — as with these — life would be poorer and meaner; without it we should be denied some of those intellectual and moral experiences which give meaning and richness to life. Surely it is no accident that the study of history has been the solace of many of the noblest minds of every generation.Topics in History
|Birth:||25th October, 1902|
|Death:||2nd March, 1998|
Henry Steele Commager was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an American historian. In the 1940s and 1950s, he was noted for his campaigns against McCarthyism and other abuses of government power. He opposed the Vietnam War and was an outspoken critic of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan and what he viewed as their abuses of presidential power. His principal scholarly works were his 1936 biography of Theodore Parker. He earned degrees in history: Ph.B., A.M., and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He taught history at New York University from 1930 to 1936, at Columbia University from 1936 to 1956, and at Amherst College in Massachusetts from 1956 to 1992. He wrote several books include: The American Mind, The Empire of Reason, and Documents of American history.
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