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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 found on this site:
A Giving of Accounts
By: Jean M. Yarbrough
Posted: May 24, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XIII, Number 2 - Spring 2013
A review of Crisis of the Strauss Divided, by Harry V. Jaffa
Macbeth and the Moral Universe
By: Harry V. Jaffa
Posted: February 19, 2008
This article appeared in: Vol. VIII , Number 1 - Winter 2007/08

Macbeth is a moral play par excellence.

A New Birth of Freedom
By: Charles R. Kesler
Posted: November 24, 2000
This article appeared in: Vol. I, Number 1 - Fall 2000

Forty years after Crisis of the House Divided, Harry V. Jaffa returns with second thoughts and a new appreciation of Lin...

Harry V. Jaffa and American History: Philosophy Teaching by Example
By: Herman Belz
Posted: July 10, 2014
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A review of Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, by Harry V. Jaffa