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Someone’s Property

From the Aug/Sept 2008 Print Edition

Frederick Douglass: Race and the Rebirth of American Liberalism by Peter C. Myers University Press of Kansas, 265 pages, $34.95 As predictably as the calendar pages turn, each time I taught American political thought, whenever we got to the Declaration of Independence, some student would report . . . . Continue Reading »

Manifesting Destiny

From the April 2008 Print Edition

What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of ­America, 1815“1848 by Daniel Walker Howe Oxford University Press, 928 pages, $35 This is a big, big book of more than nine hundred pages, documented with thousands of footnotes and supplemented with a bibliographical essay of twenty-two pages . . . . Continue Reading »

A Religious People

From the October 2007 Print Edition

A Secular Faith: Why Christianity Favors the Separation of Church and State by Daryl Hart Ivan R. Dee, 288 pages, $26.95 Why Politics Needs Religion: The Place of Religion in the Public Square by Brendan Sweetman InterVarsity, 256 pages, $19 AFTER TWO THOUSAND years, we are still mulling over . . . . Continue Reading »

A Conservative Innovator

From the October 2003 Print Edition

Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George M. Marsden Yale University Press. 615 pp. $35 Since Jonathan Edwards’ death 245 years ago, his reputation has undergone so many ups and downs that it is hard to get a fix on his identity. In the last century alone, he went from a narrow-minded provincial who . . . . Continue Reading »