Category Archives: intellectual history

Brooke Hindle on Early American Science

This retrospective look (from the 1980s, it seems, by Brooke Hindle) at the mid-twentieth-century origins of the history of science in early America deserves a quick read. The piece covers quite a bit of ground (including history of technology and material culture), but I found most interesting its discussion of the influence on the history of science of the tide toward “social and intellectual history,” alongside the rise of institutions that I would affiliate with the American studies movement like the [now Omohundro]¬†Institute of Early American History and Culture.

On the history of American studies generally, my first stop for an actor’s account is still Leo Marx’s 2004 essay, “Believing in America.”