In the previous John Adams thread, I detected a faint clamor for increased attention to matters obscure. To accomodate such demand, I offer herewith the handsome visage of Dr. E. Digby Baltzell, the late esteemed University of Pennsylvania historian and sociologist whose monumental opus, Puritan Boston and Quaker Philadelphia: Two Protestant Ethics and the Spirit of Authority and Leadership, is an earth-shaking study, second in its sociological sweep and impact only to Famous UU Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities within the genre of dual urban comparisons. (Although, to be honest, I don't know whether the genre contains more than two published works.) Although published over two decades ago, it caused nearly-noticeable seismic ripples in the social fabric of both burgs that may yet burst into open palpability, especially if magnified by the sympathetic aftershocks of the recent Super Bowl.
Despite the vital importance of that work, at least on the northern and southern flanks of the New York exurbs, Dr. Baltzell is perhaps better known for his earlier studies, Philadelphia Gentlemen: The Making of a National Upper Class (1958), and The Protestant Establishment: Aristocracy and Caste in America (1964), in which he coined the now-famous term "WASP". Members of the Protestant power elite of twentieth-century America, and all others who know deep down in their souls that noblesse oblige is a high duty and sacred calling rather than a contemnable weapon of power and subjugation, owe Dr. Baltzell a debt of eternal gratutude. (And isn't that a dapper bow tie?)