The Social Philosophy of John Taylor of Caroline: A Study in Jeffersonian Democracy

The Social Philosophy of John Taylor of Caroline: A Study in Jeffersonian Democracy

The Social Philosophy of John Taylor of Caroline: A Study in Jeffersonian Democracy

The Social Philosophy of John Taylor of Caroline: A Study in Jeffersonian Democracy

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The aim of this book is to present in a systematic form the political and economic thought of one of the most thorough- going exponents of Jeffersonian democracy. John Taylor first received some of the attention due him from historians at the hands of Charles A. Beard, who has pointed out the significance of Taylor's emphasis on economic issues. In recent years further biographical studies have been made, but no exposition of his social philosophy as a whole has appeared. Such an exposition is of special value in the case of Taylor, since he himself never wrote either systematically or clearly and since his economic theories can only be understood in the light of his other ideas.

The Bibliography appended to this work is evidence of the scattered and varied sources on which it is based. Although now out of print, all Taylor's published works can be obtained in New York City. The most complete collection, including the magazines and newspapers listed in the Bibliography, is in the New York Public Library. Several of the more important titles can be found in the Seligman Library, of Columbia University, and in the collections of the New York Historical Society.

Grateful acknowledgment must be made to Professor Herbert W. Schneider for his aid and to my aunt, Miss I. G. Mudge, of the Columbia University Library, for her assistance in the preparation of the Bibliography.

EUGENE TENBROECK MUDGE

New York April 19, 1939 . . .

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