Frederick Lewis Allen

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Frederick Lewis Allen (July 5, 1890 in Boston, Massachusetts - February 13, 1954 in New York City) was the editor of Harper's Magazine and also notable as an American historian of the first half of the 20th century.


  • Wilson was a visionary who liked to identify himself with "forward-looking man"; Harding ... was as old-fashioned as those wooden Indians which used to stand in front of cigar stores.... Wilson thought in terms of the whole world; Harding was for America first. And, finally, whereas Wilson wanted America to exert itself nobly, Harding wanted to give it a rest.
    • Only Yesterday, ch. 2, Harper (1931)

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