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Crisis of the House Divided An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln Douglas DebatesFrom his re entry into politics in 1854 through his Senate campaign against Douglas in 185. uite simply the finest work of American political science in the 20th century Jaffa does not hesitate to deploy his enormous erudition and compositional talent against various dominant schools of historical and philosophical thought; several do not survive the encounter Lincoln emerges in all his gloryOne warning Jaffa is a bold writer of great power and subtlety The reader would do well to maintain a certain detachment from his pedagogic charms lest he be carried away

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Arry Jaffa provides the definitive analysis of the political principles that guided Lincoln. It is said that books have been written about Abraham Lincoln than about any other person with the exception of Jesus I'd suggest that if you want to read one book about Lincoln's thought this should be the one Stephen Douglas the most powerful member of the Senate and a likely Democratic candidate for president authored the Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854 repealing the Missouri Compromise Lincoln whose public career was seemingly at an end emerged as the leading opponent of the Act in Illinois After his celebrated debates against Douglas in the Senate campaign of 1858 he was the intellectual leader of the anti Kansas Nebraska forces nationally Lincoln maintained that the Missouri Compromise by controlling the spread of slavery in the territories gave assurance that slavery was on an ultimate course of extinction The repeal of the Compromise in his view compounded by the Dred Scott decision of 1857 raised the horrifying prospect that slavery might spread to the nation as a whole and become permanently established When Jaffa wrote this book the prevailaing opinion among historians was that Lincoln's fervent opposition to the Kansas Nebraska Act was unnecessary Slavery would never have spread to Kansas according to the historians regardless of the repeal of the Missouri Compromise Lincoln stirred up the nation to such conflict for his own political gain that an unnecessary Civil War became inevitable Jaffa's book opposed that view Jaffa maintained that the historians make complacent assumptions about the likelihood of the spread of slavery that are doubtful at best and that Lincoln's position was deeply rooted in correct principles Following an introduction setting forth the terms of the debate Jaffa first presents in extended form the case for Douglas He treats Douglas with respect and shows Douglas to have had a serious responsible position Because Douglas was not as articulate as Lincoln Jaffa has to tease Douglas' position out of the stances Douglas took on numerous specific issues As a result these chapters are historically dense and will be difficult reading for anyone not pretty conversant with American history from 1846 1860 But stay with it You will be able to get the gist and the payoff that will follow will be well worth the trouble Next come two long chapters analyzing two of Lincoln's early speeches the Lyceum Address and the Temperance Address The speeches are short and you will want to read them before reading these chapters Jaffa's analyses though occasionally a bit over the top are brilliant Then comes the high point of the book the chapters setting forth Lincoln's position in his struggle with Douglas in the 1850s They are as good a statement of Lincoln's views as you will find In spots they rise to magnificent elouence

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