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Reconsidering Henry F. May’s The Enlightenment in America

Henry F. May. The Enlightenment in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1976) Classics Review by Drew MaciagIf ever there was a classic of American Intellectual History, Henry May’s Enlightenment in America (EIA) is it. The book won the OAH’s very first Merle Curti Award in 1977 along with the AHA’s Albert Beveridge Award; it was widely reviewed and has been routinely cited for decades; apparently the book never stops selling—my own copy (purchased many years ago) is a ninth printing of the paperback edition!   Moreover, it has become one of those benchmark books to which others are compared, and Read more