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

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

  • Title: Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
  • Author: Harry V. Jaffa
  • ISBN: 9780226391182
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 reentry into politics in 1854 through his Senate campaign against Douglas in 1858 To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication, Jaffa has provided a new introductiCrisis 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 reentry into politics in 1854 through his Senate campaign against Douglas in 1858 To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication, Jaffa has provided a new introduction 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 20090717

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    1. It is said that more books have been written about Abraham Lincoln than about any other person with the exception of Jesus. I'd suggest that if you want to read one book about Lincoln's thought, this should be the one. Stephen Douglas, the most powerful member of the Senate and a likely Democratic candidate for president, authored the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, repealing the Missouri Compromise. Lincoln, whose public career was seemingly at an end, emerged as the leading opponent of the Act in [...]

    2. Well-written history of the Lincoln-Douglas debates that looks at the underlying assumptions of both sides. The author assumes that the reader already has a great deal of familiarity with the issues surrounding the debates, and he often references other scholars on the topic. Therefore, I would not recommend this to the general reader, but would whole-heartedly recommend it to the 19th century American history/Civil War buff.

    3. Quite simply the finest work of American political science in the 20th century. Jaffa does not hesitate to deploy his enormous erudition and compositional talent against various dominant schools of historical and philosophical thought; several do not survive the encounter. Lincoln emerges in all his glory.One warning: Jaffa is a bold writer of great power and subtlety. The reader would do well to maintain a certain detachment from his pedagogic charms, lest he be carried away.

    4. Early counter attack against the Bumbling Generation and needless war themes in Civil War studies. It still has a strong case. Though it is old it is important reading for serious Lincoln studies and a counter to the mythic anti-Lincoln bashing still common in very conservative circles.

    5. This scholarly book delves deeply into the differences between Lincoln and Douglas's political philosophy. The book provides many amazing insights on both a micro and macro level and sets forth the differences in a way that still reverberate in today's political environment. (Douglas sounds a lot like the non-crazy version of very conservative republicans and Lincoln, well he's Lincoln).Jaffa does the reader a favor by taking Douglas' arguments seriously, saving him from the 1850's version of Ge [...]

    6. An interesting, dense book which analyzed not the actual Lincoln Douglas debates for the US Senate in 1858, but the issues on which the debate revolved. Published originally in 1959, it looked to over turn the then-current historiography which down played the importance of the debates. Jaffa more of a political philosopher than a historian, really parses the arguments of each man, calling forth the larger political and philosophical questions embedded within. He easily calls forth Aristotle, Loc [...]

    7. An important philosophical look at the issues for political scientists, but it's dated and high-handedly boring at times.

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