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Edmund Burke in America: The Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism

by Drew Maciag Cornell University Press
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Drew Maciag traces Burke's reception and reputation in the United States, from the contest of ideas between Burke and Thomas Paine in the Revolutionary period, to the Progressive Era to his apotheosis within the modern conservative movement.

Introduction: In Search of Icons1. Burke in Brief: A "Philosophical" PrimerPart I: Early America2. Old Seeds, New Soil: The Land of Paine3. Federalist Persuasions: John and J. Q. Adams4. Democratic America: The Ethos of Liberalism5. American Whigs: A Conservative ResponsePart II: Transition to Modern America6. The Gilded Age: Eclectic Interpretations7. Theodore Roosevelt: Blazing Forward, Looking Backward8. Woodrow Wilson: Confronting American MaturityPart III: Postwar America9. Modern Times: Conjunctions and Consensus10. Natural Law: A Neo-traditionalist Revival11. The Cold War: Existential Threat Redux12. Contemporary Conservatives: Victories and IllusionsConclusion: A World without FathersNotesIndex

"With clarity and insight, Drew Maciag restores Burkean thought to the center of the American political tradition. In the process, he tells us much about battles over Burke's legacy, especially its central and complex status for modern conservatives."'George Cotkin, author of Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-Dick and Existential America

Drew Maciag has taught history at the University of Rochester, SUNY Geneseo, and Nazareth College. He can be contacted at: drewhist@frontiernet.net.