The Creative Society is the first history to look at modern America through the eyes of its emerging ranks of professional experts, including lawyers, scientists, doctors, administrators, business managers, teachers, policy specialists and urban planners. Covering the period from the 1890s to the early twenty-first century, Louis Galambos examines the history that shaped professionals and, in turn, their role in shaping modern America. He considers the roles of education, anti-Semitism, racism and elitism in shaping and defining the professional cadre and examines how matters of gender, race and ethnicity determined whether women, African Americans and immigrants from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East were admitted to the professional ranks. He also discusses the role professionals played in urbanizing the United States, keeping the economy efficient and innovative, showing the government how to provide a greater measure of security and equity, and guiding the world's leading industrial power in coping with its complex, frequently dangerous foreign relations.
Louis Galambos is Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, where he also serves as Editor of the Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower and Co-Director of The Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise. He is the author of numerous books on modern institutional development in America, the rise of the bureaucratic state and the evolution of the professions, most recently Medicine, Science, and Merck (with Roy Vagelos, 2002). He is co-editor of two Cambridge series and has received widespread recognition for his development of the 'organizational synthesis' of modern US history.
Preface; 1. 1931; 2. Life, death, and learning in the cities; 3. Toward a new economy, 1890-1930; 4. State crafting - American style; 5. Confronting the world; 6. Winners and losers, 1890-1930; 7. New Deal experiments; 8. Fighting on God's side; 9. A new aristocracy, 1946-1969; 10. The suburban conquest of the 1960s; 11. Empire in the American century; 12. The tattered empire of the 1970s; 13. Cracked core; 14. The American solution; 15. Conservatism - rhetoric and realities, 1981-2001; 16. The hegemony trap; 17. The American dream, 1981-2001; 18. The creative society in danger.