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Wilfred M. McClay

Wilfred M. McClay has been SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he is also Professor of History, since 1999. He has also taught at Georgetown University, Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Dallas, and is currently an Adjunct Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was educated at St. John’s College (Annapolis) and the Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Ph.D. in history in 1987.


Individualism and Its Discontents

To a large extent, the history of ideas is the history of words. Consider, then, these two: "individualism" and "self." Can we imagine what our present-day discourse would sound like without these two nouns? We can't live without them. But at the s [...]

One Historian’s America

Outgrowing Democracy: A History of the United States in the Twentieth Century. By John Lukacs. Doubleday. $19.95. John Lukacs is something of an anomaly among contemporary American historians. He does not hold an appointment at a large research un [...]