Born and raised in England, Patrick Allitt graduated from Oxford University, then earned a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University and the author of seven books, including A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism (2014) and The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities throughout American History (2010). He has also recorded eight lecture series with The Great Courses®, including "The Industrial Revolution" (36 lectures) and "The Art of Teaching" (24 lectures).
The conservative intellectual movement in America after 1945 emphasized anti-Communism, defense of the free market, religious values, and faith in tradition. Its leading writers felt a tension between radical individualism on the one hand and defense of community on the other, a tension that was never fully resolved. In this lecture, Professor Allitt, author of "The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History," explores the key individuals and ideas in the post-World War II era.