The Protestant Establishment Aristocracy and Caste in

This classic account of the traditional upper class in America traces its origins lifestyles and political and social attitudes from the time of Theodore Roosevelt to that of John F Kennedy Sociologist E Digby Baltzell describes the problems of exclusion and prejudice within the community of white Anglo Saxon Protestants or WASPs an acronym he coined and predicts with amazing accuracy what will happen when this inbred group is forced to share privilege and power with talented members of minority groups “The book may actually hold interest today than when it was first published New generations of readers can resonate all the to this masterly and beautifully written work that provides sociological understanding of its engrossing subject”—Robert K Merton Columbia University “The documentation and illustration in the book make it valuable as social history quite apart from any theoretical hypothesis As such it sketches the rise of the WASP penchant for country clubs patriotic societies and genealogy It traces the history of anti Semitism in America It describes the intellectual conflict between Social Darwinism and the environmental social science founded half a century ago by men like John Dewey Charles A Beard Thorstein Veblen Franz Boas and Frederick Jackson Turner In short The Protestant Establishment is a wide ranging intelligent and provocative book”—Alvin Toffler New York Times Book Review “ The Protestant Establishment has many virtues that lift it above the level we have come to expect in works of contemporary social and cultural analysis It is clearly and convincingly written”—H Stuart Hughes New York Review of Books “What makes Baltzell’s analysis of the evolution of the American elite superior to the accounts of earlier writers is that he exposes the connections between high social status and political and economic power”—Dennis H Wrong Commentary


10 thoughts on “The Protestant Establishment Aristocracy and Caste in America

  1. says:

    Can we please talk about how great the name E Digby Baltzell is?