Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, Jr.
(1917-2007)
   Born Arthur Bancroft Schlesinger Jr., the future historian later changed his name to that of his father, Arthur Meier Schlesinger Sr., himself a distinguished historian. Schlesinger Jr. attended the Collegiate School and Phillips Exeter Academy. He went to Harvard in 1938 but did not complete his Ph.D. During World War II, he served in the Office of War Information and from 1943 to 1945 in the Office of Strategic Services. He continued his historical research and in 1945 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Age of Jackson. His three-volume study, The Age of Roosevelt, came out in 1957, 1958, and 1960, respectively. From 1946 to 1961, Schlesinger was professor of history at Harvard and from 1966 professor of humanities at the City University of New York.
   However, Schlesinger’s significance was as much for his influence on politics as for his historical writing. A supporter of liberal politics, he was an influential member of Americans for Democratic Action; in 1949, he wrote The Vital Center, calling for a reformist alternative to what he perceived as the totalitarianism of the communist left and fascist right. Schlesinger was a speechwriter for Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and George McGovern. His study of the Kennedy presidency, A Thousand Days (1966), won another Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote the study Robert F. Kennedy and His Times (1978). Among his other works were Bitter Heritage (1967), Violence: America in the Sixties (1968), and the influential study The Imperial Presidency (1973).

Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era . . 2015.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, Jr. — ▪ 2008 Arthur Bancroft Schlesinger        American historian, educator, and public official born Oct. 15, 1917 , Columbus, Ohio died Feb. 28, 2007 , New York, N.Y. reinterpreted the American era of Jacksonian democracy in terms of its cultural,… …   Universalium

  • Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. — ▪ American historian and educator original name  Arthur Bancroft Schlesinger , adopted name in full  Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr.  born Oct. 15, 1917, Columbus, Ohio, U.S. died Feb. 28, 2007, New York, N.Y.       American historian, educator,… …   Universalium

  • Schlesinger,Arthur Meier — Schles·in·ger (shlĕsʹĭn jər), Arthur Meier. 1888 1965. American historian whose works include The Rise of the City (1933). His son Arthur Meier, Jr. (born 1917), also a historian, was an adviser to President John F. Kennedy, whose administration… …   Universalium

  • Arthur Meier Schlesinger — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Arthur Meier Schlesinger Arthur M. Schlesinger en la década de 1960. Nombre …   Wikipedia Español

  • Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr. — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Schlesinger. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. au début des années 1960 Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr. (né le 15 octobre 1917 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr. — noun United States historian and advisor to President Kennedy (born in 1917) • Syn: ↑Schlesinger, ↑Arthur Schlesinger, ↑Arthur Schlesinger Jr. • Instance Hypernyms: ↑historian, ↑historiographer …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jr — abbrev. 1. Bible Jeremiah 2. junior: also jr * * * Jr abbr. Bible Jeremiah2. * * * (as used in expressions) Ailey Alvin Jr. Aldrin Edwin Eugene Jr. Alger …   Universalium

  • Schlesinger — /shles in jeuhr, shlay zing euhr/, n. 1. Arthur Meier /muy euhr/, 1888 1965, U.S. historian. 2. his son, Arthur Meier, Jr., born 1917, U.S. historian and writer. * * * (as used in expressions) Schlesinger Arthur Meier and Schlesinger Arthur Meier …   Universalium

  • Arthur — /ahr theuhr/, n. 1. Chester Alan, 1830 86, 21st president of the U.S. 1881 85. 2. legendary king in ancient Britain: leader of the Knights of the Round Table. 3. a male given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Port Arthur Adamov Arthur Arthur s …   Universalium

  • Schlesinger —   1) [ ʃleɪzɪȖ(g)ə, slesɪndʒə], Arthur Meier, Jr., amerikanischer Historiker, * Columbus (Ohio) 15. 10. 1917; Sohn des Sozialhistorikers Arthur Meier Schlesinger (* 1888, ✝ 1965); war 1946 61 Professor an der Harvard University, 1961 63… …   Universal-Lexikon

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”