Edmund Burke in America : the contested career of the father of modern conservatism / Drew Maciag.

"The statesman and political philosopher Edmund Burke (1729-1797) is a touchstone for modern conservatism in the United States, and his name and his writings have been invoked by figures ranging from the arch Federalist George Cabot to the twentieth-century political philosopher Leo Strauss. Bu...

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Main Author: Maciag, Drew, 1954-
Format: Book
Published:Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2013.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction : in search of icons
  • Burke in brief : a "philosophical" primer
  • I. Early America
  • Old seeds, new soil : the land of Paine
  • Federalist persuasions : John and J.Q. Adams
  • Democratic America : the ethos of liberalism
  • American Whigs : a conservative response
  • II. Transition to modern America
  • The Gilded Age : eclectic interpretations
  • Theodore Roosevelt : blazing forward, looking backward
  • Woodrow Wilson : confronting American maturity
  • III. Postwar America
  • Modern times : conjunctions and consensus
  • Natural law : a neo-traditionalist revival
  • The Cold War : existential threat redux
  • Contemporary conservatives : victories and illusions
  • Conclusion : a world without fathers.