This course surveys the history of American political thought from the colonial era to the 1980s to illuminate how the American past penetrates present politics. Explore the works of great thinkers, ranging from the 18th century to the Civil War to the 1980s. Topics include the idea of the self-made man (Benjamin Franklin); the intellectual contexts of the Declaration of Independence (John Locke) and Constitution (the Federalists and Anti-Federalists); slavery, abolition and the Civil War (Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln); progressivism (Jane Addams); Cold War liberalism (Reinhold Niebuhr); the American civil rights movement and its critics (Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, James Baldwin and Audre Lorde); and modern conservatism (Milton Friedman and Ronald Reagan). Heavy emphasis will be placed on analytical reading and writing.
History of American Political Thought - Rowman & Littlefield
The great-grandfather I discovered in those boxes at the Hoover Library was a man that very few people understand and appreciate. My great-grandfather was a modern conservative, a political visionary, and a philosopher-observer of political theory. It surprises me how few contemporary conservatives know that Hoover wrote American Individualism or that he was one of the great conservative thinkers of the twentieth century and it seems to me that this “meaty little book” should be read by all who call themselves conservative. In fact, I think that Rush Limbaugh or Peggy Noonan, two of my favorite conservative spokespeople today, would be enriched by reading this book. It is unfortunate, perhaps, that the circumstances of Hoover's Presidency, coinciding with the Great Depression have obscured his well-earned place as a statesman and in the history of American political thought. But it is fortunate that America has the benefit of my great-grandfather’s life and career, of his public spiritedness, of his willingness to advocate an imperiled ideal in the decades American Individualism was most endangered.
Beitzinger, A History of American Political Thought (New York,
"The New Constitutionalism of Publius". 2003. In Bryan-Paul Frost & Jeffrey Sikkenga, eds., History of American Political Thought. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
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