American Political Ideas: Studies in the Development of American Political Thought 1865-1917

American Political Ideas: Studies in the Development of American Political Thought 1865-1917

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American Political Ideas: Studies in the Development of American Political Thought 1865-1917

American Political Ideas: Studies in the Development of American Political Thought 1865-1917

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In 1903, the writer presented A History of American Political Theories. That study, with the exception of one chapter on Recent Tendencies, dealt with the development of political thought down to the Civil War. The present volume is an attempt to outline some of the chief tendencies in our fundamental political thinking from the close of the Civil War to the beginning of the American participation in the recent war. The purpose of the writer is to trace the broad currents of American political thought in their relation to the social, economic and political tendencies of the time. Sometimes these ideas have been best expressed in political institutions; sometimes in laws, judicial decisions, administration, or customs; again, in the utterances of statesmen and publicists or leaders of various causes; sometimes by the formal statements of the systematic philosophers. This study traces the main lines, the typical forms of political ideas, in their relation to each other and to the conditions out of which they grew. Some of these doctrines are thinly disguised pleas for group interests; others are parts of the great process by which the experience and counsel of the leaders, statesmen and sages are woven into the web of social and political control; others are relatively impartial and technical studies of social or political science. All are indirectly parts of the progressive . . .

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