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Harry V. Jaffa
Harry V. Jaffa (1918-2015) was a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute, and the author of numerous articles and books, including his widely acclaimed study of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates (University of Chicago Press, 1959).
He was a Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Graduate School. He received his B.A. from Yale, where he majored in English, in 1939, and holds the Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. His other books include Thomism and Aristotelianism (Greenwood Press, 1979); The Conditions of Freedom (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975), How to Think About the American Revolution (Carolina Academic Press, 1978); American Conservatism and the American Founding (Carolina Academic Press, 1982); and, most recently, Original Intent and the Framers of the Constitution: A Disputed Question (Regnery Gateway, 1994), and A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
Professor Jaffa's last published work was Crisis of the Strauss Divided: Essays on Leo Strauss and Straussianism, East and West (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012).
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Articles by Harry V. Jaffa
In 1991, Harry V. Jaffa understood the dangers of socialism.
A review of Perestroika: New Thinking for our Country and the World, by Mikhail Gorbachev
A review of Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy, by Leo Strauss
Harry V. Jaffa's Rejoinder: "The Legacy of Leo Strauss" Defended
Harry Jaffa remembers Joseph Cropsey.
Lewis Lehrman rediscovers the Great Emancipator's seminal anti-slavery speech.
Jaffa's thoughts on Lincoln's Republican State Convention in Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858.
What Senator Obama and Reverend Wright don't know about their country.
Macbeth is a moral play par excellence.
Harry V. Jaffa argues that America is very close to the best regime possible in practice, given the nature of the modern world. The bonding of religious and civil liberty we enjoy in America would have been impossible in the ancient world.
Harry Jaffa and Michael Uhlmann on the Supreme Court and the Declaration of Independence.
Evolution in itself reveals an intelligent design.
Harry Jaffa discusses equality and forming legitimate governments
Harry V. Jaffa and Ralph A. Rossum on original intent jurisprudence.
Jaffa on Intelligent Design
Harry V. Jaffa discusses the crisis of America as it relates to the interpretation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
A review of The Slavery Debates, 1952-1990: A Retrospective by Robert W. Fogel
Harry Jaffa critiques Earl Shorris's interpretation of Leo Strauss
Never Before In History
Harry Jaffa discusses the legacy of Leo Strauss
Restoring conservatism to first principles.
Harry Jaffa on diversity
Harry Jaffa's eulogy for Woody Hayes
Harry Jaffa discusses the presidency of George W. Bush
Harry Jaffa discusses the character of Abraham Lincoln as a man and statesman
The end of the Oslo Accords and the future of American policy.
Harry Jaffa discusses the Oslo Accords
Harry V. Jaffa on what Crisis of the House Divided and A New Birth of Freedom have in common.
Harry Jaffa remembers Lincoln on his birthday
Harry Jaffa discusses the constitutionalism of campaign reform
Harry Jaffa discusses special interests
Leo Strauss, the Bible, and Political Philosophy
Dr. Harry Jaffa contemplates Churchill, statesmanship, modern politics, and the great trial of WWII and Nazi Germany.