Abraham Lincoln and Liberal Democracy (American Political by Nicholas Buccola

By Nicholas Buccola

even though Abraham Lincoln used to be now not a political thinker consistent with se, in be aware and in deed he did grapple with some of the such a lot urgent and undying questions in politics. what's the ethical foundation of renowned sovereignty? What are the right kind limits at the will of the bulk? while and why may still we revere the legislations? What are we to do whilst the letter of the legislation is at odds with what we think justice calls for? How is our devotion to a specific country regarding our dedication to common beliefs? what's the most sensible option to safeguard the perfect to liberty for every person? The members to this quantity, a methodologically and ideologically various workforce of students, research 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 uncomplicated liberal democratic concept is that specific liberty is healthier secured through a democratic political order that treats all voters as equals ahead of the legislation and is ruled via the legislation, with its limits on how the country could deal with its electorate and on how voters might deal with each other. even though splendidly coherent in conception, those principles turn out complicated 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 through the excesses of democracy; dedicated to the assumption of equivalent ordinary rights but not able to visualize a harmonious, interracial democracy. contemplating Lincoln as he tried to see the which 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
Acknowledgments
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 handle 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 used to be Telling the reality? typical Rights, Race, and Legalism within the Political considered Lincoln, Nicholas Buccola
Part 3. Lincoln and Equality
5. "The important part of 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 legislation, and the Proclamation, Allen Guelzo
8. Lincoln's Kantian Republic
Contributors
Index

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