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Jefferson, Lincoln and Wilson : The American Dilemma of Race and Democracy - John Milton Cooper

Jefferson, Lincoln and Wilson

The American Dilemma of Race and Democracy

By: John Milton Cooper (Editor), Thomas J. Knock (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 3rd September 2010
ISBN: 9780813930046
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"This is a superb collection of well-written essays by a group of distinguished scholars, edited by two of the country's most eminent political historians. In considering the subject of race in U.S. history by focusing on the ideas, attitudes, and actions of three leading presidents, the collection offers a stimulating, illuminating, and altogether fascinating exploration of this most intractable of American problems."

Jefferson, Lincoln, and Wilson: The American Dilemma of Race and Democracy seeks to explore how the collision of races shaped American democracy in the lives, thought, and actions of three of the nation's most important presidents. Each of them led the nation in a different epoch, during times that had their own set of historical circumstances that shaped constructions of race: Jefferson at the very beginning of the republic, as the nineteenth century dawned and the institution of slavery flourished; Lincoln when the country had expanded into a continental empire and fell into civil war over slavery; and Wilson when, simultaneously, the United States emerged as a leader on the world stage and consolidated legally sanctioned apartheid at home. As great and brilliant presidents, they constitute a kind of trinity, partly because no other chief executives have communicated the ideals of democracy so effectively or eloquently, to both their fellow citizens and the peoples of the world, even as they violated principles for which they ostensibly stood.

Cooper and Knock have brought these three leaders together in this unique and significant collection of essays written by leading scholars in the field. Contributors include Jean Harvey Baker, David W. Blight, John Milton Cooper Jr., Eric Foner, Annette Gordon-Reed, Thomas J. Knock, Erez Manela, Manning Marable, Peter S. Onuf, and Lucia Stanton.

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Thomas Jefferson and St. George Tucker: The Makings of Revolutionary Slaveholdersp. 15
Domesticating the Captive Nation: Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Slaveryp. 34
Perfecting Slavery: Rational Plantation Management at Monticellop. 61
Personal Encounters: Abraham Lincoln and African Americansp. 89
Lincoln and Colonizationp. 107
The Theft of Lincoln in Scholarship, Politics, and Public Memoryp. 124
American Sphinx: Woodrow Wilson and Racep. 145
W.E.B. Du Bois, Woodrow Wilson, and the Dilemma of Democracy and Race in the Progressive Erap. 163
"People of Many Races": The World beyond Europe in the Wilsonian Imaginationp. 184
List of Contributorsp. 209
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780813930046
ISBN-10: 0813930049
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 3rd September 2010
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48