Orlando Patterson

Orlando Patterson is professor of sociology at Harvard and the author of Freedom in the Making of Western Culture, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1991.

Recent Articles

Our Cherished Paradoxes

American history is a series of clashes between personal freedom and societal order. Politics may be what holds us together.


A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom by Jedediah Purdy, Alfred A. Knopf, 294 pages, $23.95