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The prominent contributors in Friends and Citizens examine the relationship between friendship and politics in American thought and contend that democratic politics is incomplete without citizen friendship, and, similarly, friends need political life to provide a framework for virtue. This volume honors Wilson Carey McWilliams, a leading teacher and scholar of our time. Fourteen essays, by teachers, colleagues and students, pay tribute to him as friend and citizen, and seek to share their understanding of McWilliams's thinking through their own analyses of American political life. Friends and Citizens is rich in the humor, insights, heritage, despair and hope that characterize the work of Carey McWilliams and his unique vision of America's political promise. This is an important book for anyone interested in modern politics.

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ISBN-13: 9780847697465
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/28/2000
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Nancy L. Schwartz is professor of government at Wesleyan University. Peter Dennis Bathory is professor of political science at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: What Wilson Carey McWilliams Saw in America Part 3 First Things: The Problem of Human Pride Chapter 4 Political Philosophy's Response to the Challenge of Creation Part 5 Friendship and Fraternity: Overcoming Pride Chapter 6 Friendship and Politics: Ancient and American Chapter 7 Politics and Friendship in the Adams-Jefferson Correspondence Chapter 8 Politics and Friendship: Martin Van Buren and Andrew Jackson Chapter 9 Seeing Differently and Seeing Further: Rousseau and Tocqueville Chapter 10 "Damn Your Eyes!" Thoreau on (Male) Friendship in America Chapter 11 Jane Addams and Democratic Citizenship Part 12 Citizens: Aristocratic and Democratic Chapter 13 The Natural History of Citizenship Chapter 14 Political Parties, the Constitution, and Popular Sovereignty Chapter 15 Lincoln and the Politics of Re-founding Chapter 16 The Ordinary Hero and American Democracy Chapter 17 Wilson Carey McWilliams and Communitarianism Chapter 18 From Community Theory to Democratic Practice Part 19 Conclusion: Virtue and Democracy Chapter 20 Majority Tyranny in Aristotle and Tocqueville

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