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eBook Crisis of the House Divided An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln Douglas Debates

eBook ´ Crisis of the House Divided An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln Douglas Debates ß Paperback Read â naturaltreatment Ä Crisis of the House Divided is the standard historiography of the Lincoln Douglas debatesFrom his re entry into politics in 1854 through his Senate campaign against Douglas in 185 An incredibly dense well researched book that covers the Lincoln Douglas debates in a truly full manner Jaffa does an excellent job explaining the thought of and differences between both men while providing a work which thoroughly covers not just the debates but all the major divisions of the pre war era

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Arry Jaffa provides the definitive analysis of the political principles that guided Lincoln This was my first introduction to Harry Jaffa and his political thinking some two decades or so ago and it remains a book I enjoy reading from time to time although I have not read or reviewed it for than a decade and so I thought it worthwhile to do so as part of my uarantine reading project to catch up on the late thinker's writings as a whole  The influence that Jaffa has had on my own political thinking has been considerable not least because it offered a deeply conservative viewpoint that had a very high view of virtue a high view of charitable and sympathetic reading of political thinkers and other writers in general as well as a high degree of respect and regard for the importance of egalitarianism to the American and biblical traditions which I hold so near and dear  This particular book was also greatly influential to me because of its structure in the way that it sets up a case for Douglas' thinking as sympathetically as possible and then shows how Lincoln answers the challenges of his revisionist critics for his pre Civil War behavior and remains an example for us todayThis book consists of four parts that last for than 400 pages  After acknowledgements and a preface the book contains an introduction that looks at 1958 as being a crisis in historical judgment that viewed the Lincoln Douglas debates as unimportant 1 as well as the alternatives present in Illinois between Lincoln and Douglas in 1858 2  The second part of the book then consists of Jaffa making the best case for Douglas by discussing slavery 3 manifest destiny 4 the legal power and practical impotence of federal prohibitions of slavery in the territories 5 the uestion of the the superseding of the Missouri Compromise by the Compromise of 1850 6 the intentions of Douglas in passing the Kansas Nebraska act 7 and the tragedy of the extremism that resulted 8  After that the author discusses the political education of Abraham Lincoln III by giving a detailed discussion of his views on political salvation in the Lyceum speech 9 and on political moderation in the temperance address 10  The book then ends with Jaffa's tour de force case for Lincoln IV with chapters on the legal 11 and political 12 tendencies towards the expansion of slavery the intrinsic evil of repealing the Missouri compromise 13 the universal meaning of the Declaration of Independence 14 the form and substance of political freedom in the modern world 15 what was true and false about popular sovereignty 16 the abstract and political meanings of euality 17 the natural limits of slavery expansion 18 the Republican fidelity to Lincoln's principles after 1860 19 and the end of manifest destiny 20 after which there are two appendices that discuss some historical background to the debates i as well as some notes on the Dred Scott decision ii before an indexIt is remarkable that in 1858 that ordinary people in Illinois were willing to sit out for three hours of political speeches from two political candidates where instead of being promised various aspects of aid and assistance for the government there was a detailed policy discussion of issues of the spread of slavery in the Union and how it related to the policy of the three branches of government  It is hard to imagine very many contemporary politicians on any level that would be capable of focusing their attention on matters of basic philosophical importance or an audience that would be able to listen attentively to such matters without finding it to be too wonkish and boring  That said we are all the better for having had such debates recorded for us to read and for having Professor Jaffa speak so elouently about what is at stake to remind us that the uestions of liberty and the legitimacy of popular regimes and the morality that legitimizes such regimes are uestions that remain with us today and that we would do well to think about in such times as we now experience where faith in ourselves is so unwarranted and faith in our institutions is so imperiled

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Crisis of the House Divided An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln Douglas DebatesCrisis of the House Divided is the standard historiography of the Lincoln Douglas debates H A book of superb legal and philosophic analysis though reading it today one is put off by the degree to which it is fixated on historiographic disputes of the 1950s Jaffa undertakes a thorough but mostly fair defense of Abraham Lincoln pre presidency against historians of his day who were taking the side of Stephen Douglas and his popular sovereignty doctrineLincoln's star has risen somewhat since this work's original publication — perhaps in no small part BECAUSE of this work's publication But its careful reading and contextualization of Lincoln's speeches as well as a shorter preceding explication of Douglas's point of view remains sharp and still relevant today The book does presume a fairly hefty preknowledge of the life and career of Abraham Lincoln and the major political controversies of the 1850s — not merely a basic understanding of popular sovereignty Bleeding Kansas and Dred Scott but details of particular speeches and the exact path certain laws took through Congress The book is still readable with a moderate historical background but the occasional omission of important context combines with its already intricate political philosophy to make this a pretty tough slog though always fascinating