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The Protestant Establishment: Aristocracy and Caste in America

by Donald McKinley - 1965

Any review is the interaction of the author's facts and ideology and the reviewer's. That is quite relevant here for the sympathies of the author are, in the reviewer's eyes, orthodoxly and rather uncritically liberal. The reviewer's sympathies are Populist, to a degree Marxian, and "pagan libertine." This is an extremely interesting book. Through appropriate anecdotes (Henry Ford's anti-Semitism) and insightful vignettes of American history (Lincoln's family origins) the author attempts to weave together support for a basic thesis: When, in any society, there is an upper class which protects its privileges and prestige but does not continue (1) to contribute leadership or (2) to assimilate new elite members, primarily because of their racial or ethnic origins, I shall refer to the process of caste. If an upper class degenerates into a caste, moreover, the traditional authority of an establishment is in grave danger of disintegrating, while society becomes a field for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 67 Number 3, 1965, p. 229-229
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2321, Date Accessed: 8/4/2020 4:53:01 PM

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