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Herbert Croly

Born: Jan 23, 1869

Death: May 17, 1930

Birthplace: New York City

Nationality: United States

Herbert Croly

Date of Birth : Jan 23, 1869
Date of Death : May 17, 1930
Birth Place : New York City

Herbert David Croly was an intellectual leader of the progressive movement as an editor, and political philosopher and a co-founder of the magazine The New Republic in early twentieth-century America. His political philosophy influenced many leading progressives including Theodore Roosevelt, as well as his close friends Judge Learned Hand and Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. His book, The Promise of American Life, looked to the conservative spirit of effective government as espoused by Alexander Hamilton, combined with the democracy of Thomas Jefferson. The book was one of the most influential books in American political history, shaping the ideas of many intellectuals and political leaders. It also influenced the later New Deal. Calling themselves "the new nationalists," Croly and Walter Weyl sought to remedy the relatively weak national institutions with a strong federal government. He actively promoted a strong army and navy and attacked pacifists who thought democracy at home and peace abroad was best served by keeping America weak.

Also known as

  • Herbert David Croly


  • Jane Cunningham Croly
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