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Self-government, the American theme : presidents of the founding and Civil War /
Will Morrisey.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2004.
description
x, 279 p.
ISBN
0739107089 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2004.
isbn
0739107089 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5068467
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Will Morrisey is Assistant Professor in the departments of history and political science at Hillsdale College.
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Long Description
Americans introduced themselves to the world by declaring their independence. They recognized that their 'unalienable rights' were secured by institutionalized government that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. In Self-Government, The American Theme, Will Morrisey defines the concept of self-government and tracks its permutations in the ardent writings of key American presidents. He shows how the transition to a more powerful national state was managed on political soil where 'self-government' was not an indigenous crop. Morrisey considers the genesis of 'self-government' in the political thought of the founding U.S. presidents, comparing their understanding of the term with that of President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate States of America President, Jefferson Davis. In this text Morrisey aptly demonstrates how the regime of the founders was replaced by a much more statist regime during the Civil War. He offers salient interpretations of the writings of the key presidents of founding and civil war periods, and interpretations centered on the key word, 'self-government'. This book is an essential contribution to the understanding of early American history and politics.
Long Description
In Self-Government, The American Theme, Morrisey aptly demonstrates how the regime of the founders was replaced by a much more statist regime during the Civil War. He offers salient interpretations of the writings of the key presidents of founding and civil war periods, and interpretations centered on the key word, 'self-government.' This book is an essential contribution to the understanding of early American history and politics.
Main Description
In Self-Government, Morrisey aptly demonstrates how the regime of the founders was replaced by a much more statist regime during the Civil War. He offers salient interpretations of the writings of the key presidents of founding and civil war periods, and interpretations centered on the key word, 'self-government.' This book is an essential contribution to the understanding of early American history and politics.
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"Americans introduced themselves to the world by declaring their independence. They recognized that their ""unalienable rights"" were secured by institutionalized government that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. In Self-Government, T"
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Presidents of the Founding
Introduction: Self-Government and the Founding Era: Prospects and Contingenciesp. 21
Self-Government and the American Father: George Washingtonp. 29
Self-Government and the Fiery Spirit: John Adamsp. 55
Self-Government as Natural Right: Thomas Jeffersonp. 91
Conclusion: The Coherence of the Idea of Self-Government in the Political Thought of the Founding Presidentsp. 129
Presidents of the Civil War
Introduction: Self-Government and the Antebellum Era: Crisis of the Self Dividedp. 137
Self-Government and Secession: Jefferson Davisp. 149
What Is the "New Birth of Freedom"?: Abraham Lincolnp. 177
Conclusion: Davis and Lincoln Comparedp. 207
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