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A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War

by Harry V. Jaffa

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

549, January

Hardcover, 35.00

ISBN: 0847699528

A New Birth of Freedom is the culmination of nearly a half-century of study and reflection by one of the nation’s foremost scholars of American history and politics, Harry V. Jaffa.
This long-awaited sequel to his classic Crisis of the House Divided, first published in 1959, continues Jaffa’s piercing examination of the political thought of Abraham Lincoln and the legacy of the American Founding.
Jaffa skillfully illuminates Lincoln’s understanding of the concepts of self-government, equality, and statesmanship, and he offers penetrating insights into Lincoln’s refutation of the political philosophy and constitutional interpretations of John C. Calhoun and the southern secessionists.
A New Birth of Freedom is a work of major importance that will require all Americans to reevaluate their understanding of Abraham Lincoln, especially his decision to prosecute the bloodiest war of American history.


Table of Contents
1. The Election of 1800 and the Election of 1860
2. The Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address, and the Historians
3. The Divided American Mind on the Eve of Conflict: James Buchanan, Jefferson Davis, and Alexander Stephens Survey the Crisis
4. The Mind of Lincoln’s Inaugural and the Argument and Action of the Debate That Shaped It—I
5. The Mind of Lincoln’s Inaugural and the Argument and Action of the Debate That Shaped It—II
6. July 4, 1861: Lincoln Tells Why the Union Must Be Preserved
7. Slavery, Secession, and State Rights: The Political Teaching of John C. Calhoun
Appendix: “The Dividing Line between Federal and Local Authority: Popular Sovereignty in the Territories”—A Commentary
Notes
Index
About the Author

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