Along with Richard Hofstadter and C. Vann Woodward, Arthur Schlesinger offered a perspective on American history that was invaluable. He died last week. (Photo taken from CNN.com.)
I was reminded of a radio interview he had with Chris Lydon a few years ago. (I am sorry I cannot find the cite.) The final Q&A went something like this:
CL -- After all these years of studying American history, what is the most important lesson you have learned?
AS -- Never underestimate the ability of the American public to become xenophobic.