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

Author: John Burt
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013.
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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
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Burt, John, 1955-
Lincoln's tragic pragmatism.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012011267
(OCoLC)783520852
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Stephen A Douglas; Stephen A Douglas; Stephen A Douglas; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Burt
ISBN: 9780674067332 0674067339
OCLC Number: 819330030
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
1 Introduction: Implicitness and Moral Conflict --
2 Lincoln's Peoria Speech of 1854 --
3 Lincoln's Conspiracy Charge --
4 Douglas's Conspiracy Charge --
5 Douglas's Fanaticism Charge --
6 Douglas's Racial Equality Charge --
7 The Dred Scott Case --
8 Aftershocks of the Debates --
9 Coda: And the War Came --
Notes --
Works Cited --
Index.
Responsibility: John Burt.
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