Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates : with a New Preface

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University of Chicago Press, 1973 - History - 451 pages
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Crisis of the House Divided is the standard historiography of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Harry Jaffa provides the definitive analysis of the political principles that guided Lincoln from his re-entry into politics in 1854 through his Senate campaign against Douglas in 1858.

"Crisis of the House Divided has shaped the thought of a generation of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War scholars."—Mark E. Needly, Jr., Civil War History

"An important book about one of the great episodes in the history of the sectional controversy. It breaks new ground and opens a new view of Lincoln's significance as a political thinker."—T. Harry Williams, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences

"A searching and provocative analysis of the issues confronted and the ideas expounded in the great debates. . . . A book which displays such learning and insight that it cannot fail to excite the admiration even of scholars who disagree with its major arguments and conclusions."—D. E. Fehrenbacher, American Historical Review
 

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Contents

1958 The Crisis in Historical Judgment
19
1858 Lincoln versus Douglas The Alternatives
28
THE CASE FOR DOUGLAS
39
Slavery
41
Manifest Destiny
63
The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise I The Legal Power and Practical Impotence of Federal Prohibitions of Slavery in the Territories
104
The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise II Did the Compromise of 1850 Supersede the Missouri Compromise?
133
The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise III What Douglas Intended on January 4 1854
147
The Political Tendency toward Slavery Expansion
294
The Intrinsic Evil of the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise
302
The Universal Meaning of the Declaration of Independence
308
The Form and Substance of Political Freedom in the Modern World
330
Popular Sovereignty True and False
347
The Meaning of Equality Abstract and Practical
363
The Natural Limits of Slavery Expansion
387
Did the Republicans Abandon Lincolns Principles after the Election of 1860?
400

The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise IV Tragedy The Extremes Crush the Mean
171
THE POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF A YOUNG WHIG
181
The Teaching Concerning Political Salvation
183
The Teaching Concerning Political Moderation
236
THE CASE FOR LINCOLN
273
The Legal Tendency toward Slavery Expansion
275
The End of Manifest Destiny
405
Notes
410
APPENDICES
430
Some Notes on the Dred Scott Decision
441
Index
447
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About the author (1973)

Harry V. Jaffa is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Political Philosophy Emeritus at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University, a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute, and the author of ten books. He lives in Claremont, California.

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