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

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  • Copyright: 4/15/2009
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Crisis of the House Divided stands as the most thorough and penetrating work on the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Here, 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 books original publication, Jaffa has provided a new introduction. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Harry Jaffa is Henry Salvatori Research Professor of Political Philosophy Emeritus at Claremont McKenna College.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Acknowledgmentsp. 5
1958: The Crisis in Historical Judgmentp. 19
1858: Lincoln versus Douglas. The Alternativesp. 28
The Case For Douglas
Slaveryp. 41
Manifest Destinyp. 63
The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise I. The Legal Power and Practical Impotence of Federal Prohibitions of Slavery in the Territoriesp. 104
The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise II. Did the Compromise of 1850 "Supersede" the Missouri Compromise?p. 133
The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise III. What Douglas Intended on January 4, 1854p. 147
The Repeal of the Missouri Compromise IV. Tragedy. The Extremes Crush the Meanp. 171
The Political Philosophy of a Young Whig
The Teaching Concerning Political Salvationp. 183
The Teaching Concerning Political Moderationp. 236
The Case For Lincoln
The Legal Tendency toward Slavery Expansionp. 275
The Political Tendency toward Slavery Expansionp. 294
The Intrinsic Evil of the Repeal of the Missouri Compromisep. 302
The Universal Meaning of the Declaration of Independencep. 308
The Form and Substance of Political Freedom in the Modern Worldp. 330
Popular Sovereignty: True and Falsep. 347
The Meaning of Equality: Abstract and Practicalp. 363
The "Natural Limits" of Slavery Expansionp. 387
Did the Republicans Abandon Lincoln's Principles after the Election of 1860?p. 400
The End of Manifest Destinyp. 405
Notesp. 410
Some of the Historical Background to the Lincoln-Douglas Debatesp. 430
Some Notes on the Dred Scott Decisionp. 441
Indexp. 447
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