Richard Hofstadter (August 6, 1916 – October 24, 1970) was an American historian and educator. He was born in Buffalo, New York. Hofstadter was the DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University.
His most important works are Social Darwinism in American Thought, 1860–1915 (1944); The American Political Tradition (1948); The Age of Reform (1955); Anti-intellectualism in American Life (1963), and the essays collected in The Paranoid Style in American Politics (1964). He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize two times: in 1956 and 1964.
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