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The Resource Lincoln's tragic pragmatism : Lincoln, Douglas, and moral conflict, John Burt

Lincoln's tragic pragmatism : Lincoln, Douglas, and moral conflict, John Burt

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Lincoln's tragic pragmatism : Lincoln, Douglas, and moral conflict
Title
Lincoln's tragic pragmatism
Title remainder
Lincoln, Douglas, and moral conflict
Statement of responsibility
John Burt
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1858, challenger Abraham Lincoln debated incumbent Stephen Douglas seven times in the race for a U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. More was at stake than slavery in those debates. In Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism, John Burt contends that the very legitimacy of democratic governance was on the line. In a United States stubbornly divided over ethical issues, the overarching question posed by the Lincoln-Douglas debates has not lost its urgency: Can a liberal political system be used to mediate moral disputes? And if it cannot, is violence inevitable? As they campaigned against each other, both Lincoln and Douglas struggled with how to behave when an ethical conflict as profound as the one over slavery strained the commitment upon which democracy depends--namely, to rule by both consent and principle. This commitment is not easily met, because what conscience demands and what it is able to persuade others to consent to are not always the same. While Lincoln ultimately avoided a politics of morality detached from consent, and Douglas avoided a politics of expediency devoid of morality, neither found a way for liberalism to mediate the conflict of slavery. That some disputes seemed to lie beyond the horizon of deal-making and persuasion and could be settled only by violence revealed democracy's limitations. Burt argues that the unresolvable ironies at the center of liberal politics led Lincoln to discover liberalism's tragic dimension--and ultimately led to war. Burt's conclusions demand reevaluations of Lincoln and Douglas, the Civil War, and democracy itself."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1955-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Burt, John
Dewey number
973.7092
Index
index present
LC call number
E457.4
LC item number
.B97 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Ill., 1858
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Douglas, Stephen A.
  • Douglas, Stephen A.
  • Democracy
  • Slavery
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Douglas, Stephen Arnold
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Lincoln's tragic pragmatism : Lincoln, Douglas, and moral conflict, John Burt
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 775-790) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : implicitness and moral conflict. Negative capability ; Liberalism and moral conflict -- Lincoln's Peoria Speech of 1854. The debate over the Kansas-Nebraska Act ; Making and breaking deals in 1850 and in 1854 ; Lincoln's chief arguments ; The irony of American history -- Lincoln's conspiracy charge. The "house divided" metaphor ; The unfolding of the Bleeding Kansas War ; Douglas and the Lecompton Constitution ; Lincoln's evidence ; Dred Scott II ; A living dog is better than a dead lion -- Douglas's conspiracy charge. Lincoln and the founding of the Republican Party ; The reorganization of parties ; From Whig to Republican ; Anti-Nebraska and Anti-Lecompton Democrats ; The 1854 platforms ; Conspiracies across party lines ; Sectional and ideological parties ; Conclusion -- Douglas's fanaticism charge. Hostility to New England ; The apodictic style and reasonableness ; Appeals to the divine will ; Implicitness and situatedness ; Transformation of conceptions ; Limits of persuasive engagement -- Douglas's racial equality charge. Lincoln's nonextension position and anti-slavery ; Douglas on abolition and black citizenship ; From nonextension to emancipation ; From emancipation to citizenship ; Racism and freedom -- The Dred Scott Case. Legal background of the case ; The Dred Scott Case in court ; Lincoln's response ; Douglas's response ; Conclusion -- Aftershocks of the debates. Southern responses to the Freeport Doctrine ; Douglas's "Dividing Line" Doctrine ; The pamphlet war with Jeremiah Black ; The 1859 Ohio "Lincoln-Douglas Debates" ; The Cooper Union Speech ; The First Inaugural Address -- Coda : and the war came. The Gettysburg Address ; The will of God prevails ; The Second Inaugural Address
Control code
ocn783520852
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 814 pages
Isbn
9780674050181
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2012011267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40021728410
System control number
(OCoLC)783520852
Label
Lincoln's tragic pragmatism : Lincoln, Douglas, and moral conflict, John Burt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 775-790) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : implicitness and moral conflict. Negative capability ; Liberalism and moral conflict -- Lincoln's Peoria Speech of 1854. The debate over the Kansas-Nebraska Act ; Making and breaking deals in 1850 and in 1854 ; Lincoln's chief arguments ; The irony of American history -- Lincoln's conspiracy charge. The "house divided" metaphor ; The unfolding of the Bleeding Kansas War ; Douglas and the Lecompton Constitution ; Lincoln's evidence ; Dred Scott II ; A living dog is better than a dead lion -- Douglas's conspiracy charge. Lincoln and the founding of the Republican Party ; The reorganization of parties ; From Whig to Republican ; Anti-Nebraska and Anti-Lecompton Democrats ; The 1854 platforms ; Conspiracies across party lines ; Sectional and ideological parties ; Conclusion -- Douglas's fanaticism charge. Hostility to New England ; The apodictic style and reasonableness ; Appeals to the divine will ; Implicitness and situatedness ; Transformation of conceptions ; Limits of persuasive engagement -- Douglas's racial equality charge. Lincoln's nonextension position and anti-slavery ; Douglas on abolition and black citizenship ; From nonextension to emancipation ; From emancipation to citizenship ; Racism and freedom -- The Dred Scott Case. Legal background of the case ; The Dred Scott Case in court ; Lincoln's response ; Douglas's response ; Conclusion -- Aftershocks of the debates. Southern responses to the Freeport Doctrine ; Douglas's "Dividing Line" Doctrine ; The pamphlet war with Jeremiah Black ; The 1859 Ohio "Lincoln-Douglas Debates" ; The Cooper Union Speech ; The First Inaugural Address -- Coda : and the war came. The Gettysburg Address ; The will of God prevails ; The Second Inaugural Address
Control code
ocn783520852
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 814 pages
Isbn
9780674050181
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2012011267
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40021728410
System control number
(OCoLC)783520852

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