Abraham Lincoln and Liberal Democracy (American Political by Nicholas Buccola

By Nicholas Buccola

even though Abraham Lincoln was once no longer a political thinker in keeping with se, in note and in deed he did grapple with a few of the so much urgent and undying questions in politics. what's the ethical foundation of renowned sovereignty? What are the correct limits at the will of the bulk? while and why should still we revere the legislation? What are we to do whilst the letter of the legislations is at odds with what we think justice calls for? How is our devotion to a specific country with regards to our dedication to common beliefs? what's the top option to guard the proper to liberty for everybody? The participants to this quantity, a methodologically and ideologically various team of students, study Lincoln's responses to those and different final questions in politics. the result's a desirable portrait of not just Abraham Lincoln but additionally the guarantees and paradoxes of liberal democracy.

The easy liberal democratic concept is that specific liberty is healthier secured by means of a democratic political order that treats all voters as equals sooner than the legislations and is ruled via the legislation, with its limits on how the kingdom could deal with its electorate and on how electorate may possibly deal with each other. even though splendidly coherent in concept, those principles end up challenging in real-world politics. The authors of this quantity strategy Lincoln because the embodiment of this paradox—“naturally antislavery” but unflinchingly dedicated to protecting proslavery legislation; defender of the typical guy yet afflicted via the excesses of democracy; dedicated to the assumption of equivalent common rights but not able to visualize a harmonious, interracial democracy. contemplating Lincoln as he tried to determine the that means and coherence of the liberal democratic undertaking in perform, those authors craft a profile of the sixteenth president's political inspiration from quite a few views and during a number of lenses. jointly their essays create the 1st fully-dimensional portrait of Abraham Lincoln as a political actor, expressing, addressing, and reframing the perennial questions of liberal democracy for his time and our own.

Table of Contents
Introduction, Nicholas Buccola
Part One. Lincoln and Democracy
1. Prosperity and Tyranny in Lincoln's Lyceum deal with, John Burt
2. Providentialism and Politics: Lincoln's moment Inaugural deal with and the matter of Democracy, Michael Zuckert
Part . Lincoln and Liberty
3. Lincoln and the Ethics of Emancipation: Universalism, Nationalism, Exceptionalism, Dorothy Ross
4. What If sincere Abe was once Telling the reality? average Rights, Race, and Legalism within the Political considered Lincoln, Nicholas Buccola
Part 3. Lincoln and Equality
5. "The important component to the Republican Party": Antislavery, Nativism, and Lincoln, Bruce Levine
6. Lincoln's Competing Political Loyalties: Antislavery, Union, and the structure, Manisha Sinha
Part 4. Lincoln as a Liberal Democratic Statesman
7. 4 Roads to Emancipation: Lincoln, the legislations, and the Proclamation, Allen Guelzo
8. Lincoln's Kantian Republic

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