Book Discussion on A New Birth of Freedom

Professor Jaffa discussed his book A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War, published by Rowman &… read more

Professor Jaffa discussed his book A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War, published by Rowman & Littlefield. The book is a sequel to Professor Jaffa’s earlier book Crisis of the House Divided. In this new work, Professor Jaffa examines what philosophical principles influenced Lincoln during the Civil War. In particular, he looks to the Declaration of Independence and the works of the founding fathers to see how Lincoln drew on these writings to formulate his opinions on slavery, free speech, majority rule and more generally, his understandings of democratic theory. He looks to the statements made during the Lincoln-Douglas debates to delineate Lincoln’s beliefs in natural law, John Locke and Aristotle. Professor Jaffa also looks to Lincoln’s principles regarding individual liberty and their influence on current thinkers such as Chief Justice Rehnquist, Supreme Court Justice Scalia and Judge Robert Bork. After his remarks he answered questions from members of the audience. close

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Book Discussion on A New Birth of Freedom

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Mar 31, 2001
Last Aired:
Oct 18, 2009

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  • Mar 31, 2001 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 01, 2001 | 11:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 29, 2001 | 12:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 19, 2001 | 5:18am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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  • Oct 17, 2009 | 10:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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  • Oct 17, 2009 | 10:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 18, 2009 | 4:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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