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The Resource John C. Calhoun's Theory of Republicanism, John G. Grove

John C. Calhoun's Theory of Republicanism, John G. Grove

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John C. Calhoun's Theory of Republicanism
Title
John C. Calhoun's Theory of Republicanism
Statement of responsibility
John G. Grove
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), the South Carolinian who served as a congressman, a senator, and the seventh vice president of the United States, is best known for his role in southern resistance to abolition and his doctrine of state nullification. But he was also an accomplished political thinker, articulating the theory of the "concurrent majority." This theory, John G. Grove contends, is a rare example of American political thought resting on classical assumptions about human nature and political life. By tracing Calhoun's ideas over the course of his political career, Grove unravels the relationship between the theory of the concurrent majority and civic harmony, constitutional reform, and American slavery. In doing so, Grove distinguishes Calhoun's political philosophy from his practical, political commitment to states' rights and slavery, and identifies his ideas as a genuinely classical form of republicanism that focuses on the political nature of mankind, public virtue, and civic harmony. Man was a social creature, Calhoun argued, and the role of government was to maximize society's ability to thrive. The requirements of social harmony, not abstract individual rights, were therefore the foundation of political order. Hence the concurrent majority permitted the unique elements in any given society to pursue their interests as long as these did not damage the whole society; it forced rulers to act in the interest of the whole. John C. Calhoun's Theory of Republicanism offers a close analysis of the historical development of this idea from a basic, inherited republican ideology into a well-defined political theory. In the process, this book demonstrates that Calhoun's infamous defense of American slavery, while unwavering, was intellectually shallow and, in some ways, contradicted his highly developed political theory. "--
  • "This is a book about the political thought of John C. Calhoun. Grove traces Calhoun's thought back to classical Republicanism with its emphasis on the importance of seeing humans as social creatures and government as a necessity in order to curb the selfish impulses of individual rulers or domineering majorities. Grove sees Calhoun as a critic of the liberal individualistic theory that was so common at the time and which emphasized the idea of natural rights and governments as a contract with individuals. Calhoun in contrast looked at government as a body that mediated between social groups and facilitated social interaction. In arguing for a concurrent majority Calhoun suggested that government functioned best if they enabled minorities to resist the tendency of majorities or the powerful to run over the rights of minority groups. In his day, of course, the reference to minority groups did not encompass African-Americans."--
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DLC
Dewey number
973.5092
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E340.C15
LC item number
G76 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
American political thought
Label
John C. Calhoun's Theory of Republicanism, John G. Grove
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: John C. Calhoun and Classical Republicanism -- The Republicanism of the Disquisition and the Discourse -- Calhoun's Early Republicanism -- Power, Patronage, and Party Discipline: Calhoun's Turn -- A Conservative Reform: Calhoun and Nullification -- More than Eulogies: Calhoun and the Preservation of the Union -- "A Southern Man and a Slaveholder": Calhoun's Political Philosophy and Slavery -- Conclusion: An Internal Critique
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 213 pages
Isbn
9780700623341
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016026151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)947148894
Label
John C. Calhoun's Theory of Republicanism, John G. Grove
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: John C. Calhoun and Classical Republicanism -- The Republicanism of the Disquisition and the Discourse -- Calhoun's Early Republicanism -- Power, Patronage, and Party Discipline: Calhoun's Turn -- A Conservative Reform: Calhoun and Nullification -- More than Eulogies: Calhoun and the Preservation of the Union -- "A Southern Man and a Slaveholder": Calhoun's Political Philosophy and Slavery -- Conclusion: An Internal Critique
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 213 pages
Isbn
9780700623341
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016026151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)947148894

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