Crisis of the House Divided

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

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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"show more

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  • Paperback | 451 pages
  • 137.16 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • University of Washington Press
  • Seattle, United States
  • 0295952636
  • 9780295952635

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Subtitled An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates this is the first volume in a two-part study of Lincoln's political philosophy. In opposition to revisionist historiography which holds that Lincoln and Douglas only seemed to differ on the question of the prohibition of slavery in the national territories the author, Professor at Ohio State University, presents the thesis that "had not Lincoln challenged Douglas in 1858 there would probably have been no subsequent crisis or at least none of the same nature". In dealing with the political causes of the Civil War the fundamental position of the revisionist historians is that slavery would not have gone into the territories whether prohibited by law or not. This position judges Lincoln severely and to refute his condemnation the author traces Lincoln's political principles "from his re-entry into politics in 1854 until and through the Senate campaign against Douglas in 1858". He also presents The Case for Douglas and the historical background of the debates. For the student and scholar. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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