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John Francis Cramer Lecture series


1 hour 3 minutes


Henry Steele Commager was an American historian who helped define modern liberalism in the U.S. He was also a critic of McCarthyism. In this lecture, he discusses the historical factors that contribute to the making of national identity and compares the development of nationalism in the United States to Old World Europe, New World Latin America, and newly founded states in the Middle East and Africa. The introduction to this lecture was provided by Dr. George Hoffman of the Portland State University Department of History.

Transferred and preserved by Portland State University Library’s Special Collections with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.


United States--History, Nationalism

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Reel to reel, 3.75 ips, 1/2 track, mono


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Transcript added January 12, 2021.

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