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The Political Thought of the Civil War

edited by Alan Levine, Thomas W. Merrill, and James R. Stoner, Jr.
Format
Book
Published
Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2018]
Language
English
Series
American Political Thought
ISBN
9780700626694, 0700626697, 9780700626700 (ebook)
Summary
"The Civil War continues to speak so powerfully to us because it was a constitutional moment in which the meaning and soundness of the regime was put in doubt. In The Political Thought of the Civil War, leading scholars of American political thought take a "deliberative" approach to the war, meaning they engage with the words and deeds of the most thoughtful political actors of the time with respect to questions about the regime, specifically regarding the place of slavery, the tension between morality and constitutionalism, and the potential of the principles of the American regime to build a multiracial, multicultural society. By starting with the actors, and the difficult choices they made in response to specific problems, the contributors to this volume are able to explore the theoretical principles at play in the controversy within their historical context. The essays are divided into three sections that examine, respectively, the practical dilemma to which the war was the response, the difficult decisions Americans made in the face of a collapsing regime, and the consequences of those choices"--
Contents
  • The Civil War as a regime question / Thomas W. Merrill, Alan Levine, and James R. Stoner, Jr
  • The later Jefferson and the problem of natural rights / Thomas W. Merrill
  • Slavery and the Supreme Court / Keith E. Whittington
  • Antebellum natural rights liberalism / Daniel S. Malachuk
  • Scientific racism in antebellum America / Alan Levine
  • From Calhoun to secession / James H. Read
  • Lincoln and "the public estimate of the negro" : from anti-amalgamation to antislavery / Diana J. Schaub
  • Why did Lincoln go to war? / Steven B. Smith
  • Lincoln and the Constitution / Caleb Verbois
  • To preserve, protect, and defend : the Emancipation Proclamation / William B. Allen
  • The case of the Confederate Constitution / James R. Stoner, Jr
  • Completing the Constitution : the Reconstruction amendments / Michael Zuckert
  • The politics of Reconstruction and the problem of self-government / Philip B. Lyons
  • "A school for the moral education of the nation" : Frederick Douglass on the meaning of the Civil War / Peter C. Myers
  • The South and American Constitutionalism after the Civil War / Johnathan O'Neill.
Description
vi, 421 pages ; 25 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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