Four Roads to Emancipation: Lincoln, the Law, and the Proclamation
Civil War Era Studies
Book Summary: Though Abraham Lincoln was not a political philosopher per se, in word and in deed he did grapple with many of the most pressing and timeless questions in politics. What is the moral basis of popular sovereignty? What are the proper limits on the will of the majority? When and why should we revere the law? What are we to do when the letter of the law is at odds with what we believe justice requires? How is our devotion to a particular nation related to our commitment to universal ideals? What is the best way to protect the right to liberty for all people? The contributors to this volume, a methodologically and ideologically diverse group of scholars, examine Lincoln's responses to these and other ultimate questions in politics. The result is a fascinating portrait of not only Abraham Lincoln but also the promises and paradoxes of liberal democracy. [From the Publisher]
Guelzo, Allen C. "Four Roads to Emancipation: Lincoln, the Law, and the Proclamation." Abraham Lincoln and Liberal Democracy (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2016), 195-215.