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Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

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Crisis of the House Divided is the standard historiography of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Harry Jaffa provides the definitive analysis of the political principles that guided Lincoln from his re-entry into politics in 1854 through his Senate campaign against Douglas in 1858.

"Crisis of the House Divided has shaped the thought of a generation of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War scholars."—Mark E. Needly, Jr., Civil War History

"An important book about one of the great episodes in the history of the sectional controversy. It breaks new ground and opens a new view of Lincoln's significance as a political thinker."—T. Harry Williams, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences

"A searching and provocative analysis of the issues confronted and the ideas expounded in the great debates. . . . A book which displays such learning and insight that it cannot fail to excite the admiration even of scholars who disagree with its major arguments and conclusions."—D. E. Fehrenbacher, American Historical Review

Synopsis:

Crisis of the House Divided is the standard historiography of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Harry Jaffa provides the definitive analysis of the political principles that guided Lincoln from his re-entry into politics in 1854 through his Senate campaign against Douglas in 1858.

About the Author

Harry Jaffa (1918-2015) was an influential historian and political philosopher.  At the time of his death he was an emeritus professor at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University and a distinguished fellow of the Claremont Institute. His ideas helped shape modern American conservatism; he was also a speechwriter for 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I. Introductory

I. 1958: The Crisis in Historical Judgment

II. 1958: Lincoln versus Douglas. The Alternatives

Part II. The Case for Douglas

III. Slavery

IV. Manifest Destiny

V. The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise I. The Legal Power and Practical Impotence of Federal Prohibitions of Slavery in the Territories

VI. The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise II. Did the Compromise of 1850 "Supersede" the Missouri Compromise?

VII. The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise III. What Douglas Intended on January 4, 1854

VIII. The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise IV. Tragedy. The Extremes Crush the Mean

Part III. The Political Philosophy of a Young Whig

IX. The Teaching Concerning Political Salvation

X. The Teaching Concerning Political Moderation

Part IV. The Case for Lincoln

XI. The Legal Tendency toward Slavery Expansion

XII. The Political Tendency toward Slavery Expansion

XIII. The Intrinsic Evil of the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise

XIV. The Universal Meaning of the Declaration of Independence

XV. The Form and Substance of Political Freedom in the Modern World

XVI. Popular Sovereignty: True and False

XVII. The Meaning of Equality: Abstract and Practical

XVIII. The "Natural Limits" of Slavery Expansion

XIX. Did the Republicans Abandon Lincoln's Principles after the Election of 1860?

XX. The End of Manifest Destiny

Notes

Appendices

Appendix I. Some of the Historical Background to the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Appendix II. Some Notes on the Dred Scott Decision

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226391137
Subtitle:
An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Author:
Jaffa, Harry V.
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
Law and legislation
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Historiography
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19990315
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
460
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to Civil War

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