Self-Government, The American Theme: Presidents of the Founding and Civil War

Self-Government, The American Theme: Presidents of the Founding and Civil War

by Will Morrisey

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Self-Government, The American Theme: Presidents of the Founding and Civil War by Will Morrisey

The American statist system of the 20th century was birthed at the time of the Civil War, although not, says Morrisey (history and political science, Hillsdale College) by Abraham Lincoln, as suggested by Gary Wills and others. If Lincoln were responsible for such a transformation, than he should have seen the concept of self- government from a very different perspective than that of his presidential predecessors, argues Morrisey. He compares Lincoln's political thinking with that of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. He concludes that it was not Lincoln who brought a new understanding of self-government into American political life, but Jefferson Davis instead. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739114711
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/20/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 5.99(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Will Morrisey is assistant professor of history and political science at Hillsdale College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
Section 1Presidents of the Founding
Introduction: Self-Government and the Founding Era: Prospects and Contingencies21
Chapter 1Self-Government and the American Father: George Washington29
Chapter 2Self-Government and the Fiery Spirit: John Adams55
Chapter 3Self-Government as Natural Right: Thomas Jefferson91
Conclusion: The Coherence of the Idea of Self-Government in the Political Thought of the Founding Presidents129
Section 2Presidents of the Civil War
Introduction: Self-Government and the Antebellum Era: Crisis of the Self Divided137
Chapter 4Self-Government and Secession: Jefferson Davis149
Chapter 5What Is the "New Birth of Freedom"?: Abraham Lincoln177
Conclusion: Davis and Lincoln Compared207

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