Lincoln's Defense of Politics: The Public Man and His Opponents in the Crisis Over Slavery

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University of Missouri Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
"Examines six of Lincoln's key opponents (states' rights constitutionalists Alexander H. Stephens, John C. Calhoun, and George Fitzhugh; and abolitionists Henry David Thoreau, William Lloyd Garrison, and Frederick Douglass) to illustrate the broad significance of the slavery question and to highlight the importance of political considerations in public decision making"--Provided by publisher.

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Contents

Chapter 9 Frederick Douglass Antislavery Constitutionalism and the Problem of Consent
125
Part IV Conclusion The Case for Politics
145
Chapter 10 FreedomPolitical and Economic
147
Chapter 11 Between Legalism and the Higher Law
155
Chapter 12 Lincoln s Defense of Politics
162
Epilogue Political Temperament
179
Notes
185
Works Cited
205

Part III Abolitionism Natural Justice and Its Limits
85
Chapter 7 Henry David Thoreau The Question of Political Engagement
87
Chapter 8 William Lloyd Garrison From Disunionist to Lincoln Emancipationist
105
Index
215
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