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Researching for a paper topic for class, I found an interesting character. Vermont C. Royster was important in history because he appears on a couple different levels. First, he used writing to persuade society on different ideas of cultural transformation as it grappled with how to accept conservatism, libertarianism and modernism. Second, his access to important people and events such as being a reporter in Washington, D.C., after WWII, his influences to an editorial board with ability to persuade decisions in the high profile case Brown v. Board of Education (1954), and his success at becoming editor for the Wall Street Journal, an influential magazine in intellectual circles all placed him at the right place and time to contribute and make his mark in history. By looking at his career and his ideas a sense of atmosphere of the time can be seen. For example, how people felt about media, war, the New Deal and progress.

Another place to look is the book Ideas Have Consequences, by Richard M. Weaver, which also shows people questioning old ideas and the direction the country was going at the time. Richard’s ideas about morality, interpretation of western history and conservatism were hot topics of the early nineteen twenties. It also gives ideas about American’s reaction to modernism, morality and ideas of the past they held sacred and how they should deal with these issues in the current time and future.

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