By Drew Maciag
The statesman and political thinker Edmund Burke (1729-1797) is a touchstone for contemporary conservatism within the usa, and his identify and his writings were invoked through figures starting from the arch Federalist George Cabot to the twentieth-century political thinker Leo Strauss. yet Burke's legacy has neither been constantly linked to conservative notion nor has the richness and subtlety of his political imaginative and prescient been absolutely preferred by way of both his American admirers or detractors. In Edmund Burke in America, Drew Maciag lines Burke's reception and recognition within the usa, from the competition of principles among Burke and Thomas Paine within the innovative interval, to the innovative period (when Republicans and Democrats alike invoked Burke's wisdom), to his apotheosis in the smooth conservative movement.
Throughout, Maciag is delicate to the connection among American reviews approximately Burke and the altering conditions of yankee lifestyles. The dynamic pressure among conservative and liberal attitudes in American society surfaced in debates over the French Revolution, Jacksonian democracy, Gilded Age values, innovative reform, chilly struggle anticommunism, and post-1960s liberalism. The post-World warfare II rediscovery of Burke through New Conservatives and their adoption of him because the "father of conservatism" supplied an highbrow beginning for the conservative ascendancy of the past due 20th century. Highlighting the Burkean effect on such influential writers as George Bancroft, E. L. Godkin, and Russell Kirk, Maciag additionally explores the underappreciated influence of Burke's idea on 4 U.S. presidents: John Adams and John Quincy Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson. via shut and prepared readings of political speeches, public lectures, and works of historical past and political idea and observation, Maciag bargains a sweeping account of the yank political scene over centuries.
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Edmund Burke in America: The Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism by Drew Maciag