The View From 1776
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Academic Theorist In The White House
James T. Kloppenberg is Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University. His featured article in the November-December 2010 edition of the Harvard alumni magazine explains why academics find President Obama so attractive.
The article title - From Hull House to the White House - sets the tone.
Unfortunately the internet version of the article is only a short extract of the version in the magazine’s print edition. Some of the quotations below are not in the web version.
Hull House was the famous settlement house established in 1889 by Jane Addams, who was among the first generation of women to receive college educations. The content of those women’s education was much influenced by America’s burgeoning love affair with socialism, already well entrenched in France and Germany and rising to influence in England with the Fabian Society, led by George Bernard Shaw and by Sidney and Beatrice Webb.
Hull House provided housing, food, and clothing for poor immigrants in Chicago. Like Barack Obama, Miss Addams was an advocate of the social gospel movement, a disguised version of atheistic, materialistic socialism.