Here is a link to some of the suggested "top ten" essays posted by blog contributors from the Society for the Study of U.S. Intellectual History blog:
Top Essays in U.S. Intellectual History
Friday, April 25, 2014
The field of intellectual history is often difficult to define though most would agree that the field involves the study of intellectuals and their ideas within a given sphere of human thought and culture. The web based Harvard Colloquium on intellectual history has some great information on the field of intellectual history such as the essay "What is Intellectual History?" by Peter E. Gordon.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
American intellectual history is sometimes defined as the history of the people "who made a living by arguing" or the study of American intellectuals and their ideas. It is a field that emerged from philosophy, literary criticism, and political history. I define American intellectual history as the study of intellectuals (understanding the term intellectual as broadly construed) their ideas, and intellectual patterns within broad arenas of human thought such as religion, art, literature, and politics over time. This might include an examination of elites but also encompasses a history of popular assumptions, myths, beliefs, and moral panics within mass culture.