John Patrick Diggins On Hallowed Ground

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In this provocative book, John Patrick Diggins, hailed by Alan Ryan in the New York Times as “one of the liveliest and most interesting of contemporary intellectual historians,” offers a sweeping reassessment of American history, emphasizing the foundational role of Abraham Lincoln’s moral and political theory. Distressed by the divisive impact of modern identity politics, Diggins argues persuasively that in the central tenets of Lincoln’s political faith--the redeeming value of labor and the rights to property and self-determination--we find the purest expression of the values that have united Americans and guided American history.

With his characteristic breadth, Diggins ranges from James Madison to W. E. B. Du Bois to the movie Good Will Hunting in his examination of the often ambivalent ways in which Americans have imagined themselves and their nation. Convinced that contemporary historians have done America a grave disservice by emphasizing political divisions along the lines of class, race, and gender, Diggins points out that throughout American history there has been more that unites the American people than divides them.

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John Patrick Diggins is Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books, including The Proud Decades, The Lost Soul of American Politics, The Rise and Fall of the American Left, and most recently, Max Weber: Politics and the Spirit of Tragedy.

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"As an ex-Catholic," Diggins writes in the preface to this new volume, "I have no quarrel with being told that the religious beliefs I once held were simply a matter of the circumstances of my birth. But I do have a problem with schools of thought that claim we can get along without the authority of truth." Fiercely contesting Marxist and poststructuralist theoryAas well as what he considers to be the divisiveness of multicultural politicsADiggins offers up a reading of the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. How, he wonders, did the Great Liberator define the ethical foundation of the American nation? And can his complex interpretations of the founding fathers' ideals inform contemporary views of patriotism and citizenship? Examining one by one the three core pillars of Lincoln's political philosophyAthe need for Emersonian self-reliance, the sanctity of private property and the necessity for self-determinationADiggins (Max Weber: Politics and the Spirit of Tragedy), a professor of history at CUNY, explains their applicability throughout American history. Lincoln's vision, he argues, was nearly 100 years old by the time he most eloquently articulated it and has animated and united every aspect of the American experience since 1776Aand continues to do so now. Polemical and erudite, this book is bound to ruffle a lot of feathers. (Oct.)
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