The Lincoln Persuasion: Remaking American Liberalism

The Lincoln Persuasion: Remaking American Liberalism

by J. David Greenstone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691037647

ISBN-13: 9780691037646

Pub. Date: 07/25/1994

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In this, his last work, J. David Greenstone provides an important new analysis of American liberalism and of Lincoln's unique contribution to the nation's political life. Greenstone addresses Louis Hartz's well-known claim that a tradition of liberal consensus has characterized American political life from the time of the founders. Although he acknowledges the force

Overview

In this, his last work, J. David Greenstone provides an important new analysis of American liberalism and of Lincoln's unique contribution to the nation's political life. Greenstone addresses Louis Hartz's well-known claim that a tradition of liberal consensus has characterized American political life from the time of the founders. Although he acknowledges the force of Hartz's thesis, Greenstone nevertheless finds it inadequate for explaining prominent instances of American political discord, most notably the Civil War.In this, his last work, J. David Greenstone provides an important new analysis of American liberalism and of Lincoln's unique contribution to the nation's political life. Greenstone addresses Louis Hartz's well-known claim that a tradition of liberal consensus has characterized American political life from the time of the founders. Although he acknowledges the force of Hartz's thesis, Greenstone nevertheless finds it inadequate for explaining prominent instances of American political discord, most notably the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691037646
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/25/1994
Series:
Princeton Legacy Library Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Charts and Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction to the Book

1 The Lincoln Myth Reconsidered

2 American Political Culture: Liberal Consensus or Liberal Polarity?

3 Adams and Jefferson: A Shared Liberalism

4 Adams, Jefferson, and the Slavery Paradox

5 William Leggett: Process, Utility, and Laissez-Faire

6 Stephen A. Douglas and Popular Sovereignty

7 Martin Van Buren's Humanist Liberal Theory of Party

8 John Quincy Adams

9 Lincoln and the North's Commitment to Liberty and Union

10 Lincoln's Political Humanitarianism: Moral Reform and the Covenant Tradition

Conclusion: Lincoln's Piety

Epilogue

References

Index

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