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History of American Political Thought

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  • Full Title: History of American Political Thought
  • Author(s): Bryan-Paul Frost and Jeffrey Sikkenga
  • Year Published: 2003
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Publication Type: Academic
  • ISBN-10: 0-7391-0623-6 (hardcover); 0-7391-0624-4 (paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7391-0623-5 (hardcover); 978-0-7391-0624-2 (paperback)
  • Description: This volume of scholarly essays on American political thinkers includes an essay on Rand.


Since this is a collection with multiple authors, the authors of each essay are indicated in brackets after the essay title. Chapters significantly related to Ayn Rand or Objectivism are indicated in bold.

Part 1: From Colony to Nation (1608-1776)

  1. John Winthrop, John Cotton, and Nathaniel Niles: The Basic Principles of Puritan Political Thought [MichaelJ. Rosano]
  2. Thomas Hutchinson and James Otis on Sovereignty, Obedience, and Rebellion
  3. Thomas Paine: The American Radical
  4. Benjamin Franklin: A Model American and an American Model

Part 2: The New Republic (1776-1820)

  1. Liberty, Constitutionalism, and Moderation: The Political Thought of George Washington
  2. John Adams and the Republic of Laws
  3. Legitimate Government, Religion, and Education: The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson
  4. The Political Science of James Madison
  5. Alexander Hamilton on the Strategy of American Free Government
  6. America's Modernity: James Wilson on Natural Law and Natural Rights
  7. Anti-Federalist Political Thought: Brutus and The Federal Farmer
  8. The New Constitutionalism of Publius
  9. Union, Constitutionalism, and the Judicial Defense of Rights: John Marshall

Part 3: A Divided Nation (1820-1865)

  1. John Quincy Adams on Principle and Practice
  2. Union and Liberty: The Political Thought of Daniel Webster
  3. Henry Clay and the Statesmanship of Compromise
  4. John C. Calhoun and the Reexamination of American Democracy
  5. The Art of the Judge: Justice Joseph Story and the Founders' Constitution
  6. James Fenimore Cooper: Nature and Nature's God
  7. Religion, Nature, and Disobedience in the Thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau
  8. "Proclaim Liberty throughout the Land": Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and the Abolition of Slavery
  9. Abraham Lincoln: The Moderation of a Democratic Statesman

Part 4: Growth of an Empire (1865-1945)

  1. Feminism as an American Project: The Political Thought of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  2. Mark Twain on the American Character
  3. Pricking the Bubble of Utopian Sentiment: The Political Thought of William Graham Sumner
  4. Booker T. Washington and the "Severe American Crucible"
  5. Co-workers in the Kingdom of Culture: W. E. B. Du Bois's Vision of Race Synthesis
  6. Henry Adams and Our Ancient Faith
  7. Jane Addams as Civic Theorist: Struggling to Reconcile Competing Claims
  8. Herbert Croly's Progressive "Liberalism"
  9. Theodore Roosevelt and the Stewardship of the American Presidency
  10. Woodrow Wilson, the Organic State, and American Republicanism
  11. The Making of the Modern Supreme Court: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and Louis D. Brandeis
  12. John Dewey's Alternative Liberalism
  13. Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Second Bill of Rights

Part 5: New Challenges at Home and Abroad (1945-present)

  1. Ayn Rand: Radical for Capitalism [William Thomas]
  2. Walker Percy's American Thomism
  3. Russell Kirk's Anglo-American Conservatism
  4. The Two Revolutions of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  5. Malcolm X: From Apolitical Acolyte to Political Preacher
  6. Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem: The Popular Transformation of American Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century
  7. John Rawls's "Democratic" Theory of Justice
  8. Henry Kissinger: The Challenge of Statesmanship in Liberal Democracy
  9. Irving Kristol and the Reinvigoration of Bourgeois Republicanism
  10. The Jurisprudence of William Joseph Brennan, Jr., and Thurgood Marshall
  11. The Textualist Jurisprudence of Antonin Scalia

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