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"Examines why the Republican Party was unable to sustain Lincoln's ideas and why neither Republicans nor Democrats were able to formulate an alternative public philosophy to Lincolnism. Sand describes how radical Republicans and purist Democrats battled for control of America's public philosophy, and how moderate Republicans and legitimist Democrats placed issue and policy debates over ideology"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-218) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The public philosophy and the study of ideas Lincoln's public philosophy The demise of Lincolnism The radical Republicans and public philosophy politics Moderate Republicans and non-foundationalism The Democrats' dilemma The political consequences of transitional politics Conclusion: Lincolnism, public philosophy, and American politics.