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Boundaries of the State In Us History$
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James T. Sparrow, William J. Novak, and Stephen W. Sawyer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226277646

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226277813.001.0001

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From Political Economy to Civil Society: Arthur W. Page, Corporate Philanthropy, and the Reframing of the Past in Post-New Deal America

From Political Economy to Civil Society: Arthur W. Page, Corporate Philanthropy, and the Reframing of the Past in Post-New Deal America

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(p.295) Eleven From Political Economy to Civil Society: Arthur W. Page, Corporate Philanthropy, and the Reframing of the Past in Post-New Deal America
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Boundaries of the State In Us History
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Richard R. John

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226277813.003.0011

In the post-New Deal era, corporate philanthropists mounted a deliberate campaign to persuade U. S. historians to shift their focus from political economy to civil society. This essay explores one such venture--the Center for the Study of Liberty at Harvard, founded in 1958. By focusing on the vision of the center's founder, one-time American Telephone and Telegraph public relationship executive Arthur W. Page, it traces the influence of a pro-corporate political agenda on several of the most justly admired works of historical scholarship in the 1960s.

Keywords:   civil society, political economy, Arthur W. Page, bell system, telephone, Center for the Study of Liberty, Harvard University, historiography, corporate philanthropy, Oscar Handlin

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