Since the passing of our longtime friend and teacher Harry V. Jaffa on January 10, 2015, many of his students, friends, and intellectual sparring partners have written remembrances and obituaries, as have several major newspapers. These are gathered below for your convenience. 

"Five Rounds with Harry Jaffa," by Charles R. Kesler for The Federalist

"The Feud that Revived Conservatism," by Steven F. Hayward for the Wall Street Journal

"Jaffa on that Goldwater Speech," by Brian Gaffney at LinkedIn.

"In Memoriam: Harry V. Jaffa," by Ben Boychuk for The Press Enterprise

"Arguing America: Harry Jaffa, 1918-2015," by Steven F. Hayward for The Weekly Standard

Discussion about Harry Jaffa, with Larry P. Arnn and Hugh Hewitt, part of the Hillsdale Dialogues Series. The transcript is available here.

"Remembering Harry Jaffa: Truth, Justice, and the American Way," by Richard Samuelson for The Federalist.

"Harry V. Jaffa, RIP," by Robert Reilly for The University Bookman.

"Walter Berns and Harry Jaffa, Immovable Object and Irresistible Force," by Matthew J. Franck for National Review Online

"Saving President Lincoln: The scholarly achievement of Harry Jaffa," by Andrew Ferguson for The Weekly Standard

"Harry V. Jaffa dies at 96; shaped modern American conservative movement," by Elaine Woo for the Los Angeles Times

"Harry V. Jaffa, Conservative Scholar and Goldwater Muse, Dies at 96," by Robert D. McFadden for The New York Times

"Harry Jaffa, RIP," by Yuval Levin for National Review Online

"Harry Jaffa RIP: Prophet of a Uniquely American Conservatism," by Jarrett Stepman for Breitbart.com

"Harry V. Jaffa: An Inconvenient Thinker," by Ken Masugi for Library of Law & Liberty.

"Scholars of American Politics," by Harvey Mansfield for The Weekly Standard

"Harry Jaffa, RIP," by Richard Brookhiser for National Review Online

"In Memoriam: Harry V. Jaffa, 1918-2015," at the Claremont McKenna College website

"Harry Jaffa, A Muse for Justice Clarence Thomas, Dies at 96," by Tony Mauro for National Law Journal

"Jaffa as Neo-Puritan," by Peter Lawler for Library of Law & Liberty

"How Jaffa's Critics Remember Him," by H. Lee Cheek, Jr. and Sean Busick for Library of Law & Liberty

"Harry V. Jaffa, RIP," by Robert R. Reilly for The University Bookman 

Memorial Service in Claremont, CA

Edward J. Erler, Thomas G. West, Michael M. Uhlmann, and Larry P. Arnn offer eulogies for their former teacher at a memorial service on January 16, 2015.

Brief recollections from a few Claremont Institute Fellows can be found here.

Expect more remembrances and essays in honor of Professor Jaffa in the forthcoming issues of the Claremont Review of Books.

Harry V. Jaffa


Harry V. Jaffa is the distinguished fellow of the Claremont Institute, the Henry Salvatori Professor of Political Philosophy Emeritus at Claremont McKenna College, and the author of ten books, including Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Issues of the Lincoln-Douglas DebatesA New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War, and Original Intent and the Framers of the Constitution.


Crisis of the House Divided

A New Birth of Freedom

(for a complete list of books, click here)

Many of his writings can be found on our website here.