Abstract: Henry Luce and the Liberal Consensus

Jennifer Delton


Historians, especially recently, have tended to see "the liberal consensus" of the 1950s and 1960s as neither liberal nor a consensus. This paper will challenge that view. Using Brinkley's <em>The Publisher</em> as a source and a departure point, I argue that the era of the liberal consensus was in fact one of the most liberal eras in American history precisely because of the consensus on fundamentally (modern) liberal assumptions, assumptions that were reflected and upheld in the influential publications of Time-Life, Inc. and by Henry Luce himself.