Edmund Burke was a principal defender of American rights during the revolutionary era. This volume presents his complete writings on the American crisis. Included are parliamentary speeches that did much to shape opinion at the time and continue to provide crucial insights into the historical nature of the rights and duties of peoples and their governments. Also included are important letters providing context for understanding issues surrounding and underlying the American Revolution. The result is a complete picture of the American conflict from the perspective of an important thinker within the natural law tradition.
For this new edition, an Introduction by Bruce P. Frohnen, Ph.D., provides a concise summation of Burke's life and works, his philosophical approach, and the enduring relevance of his writings to political discourse to this day.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was for several decades a member of the British Parliament, where he worked to defend constitutional free government against corruption, revolution, and the centralization of power. A famed orator and political thinker, he is credited with solidifying opposition to the anti-religious radicalism of the French Revolution and founding modern conservatism.
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