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James MacGregor Burns April 10, A Pulitzer Prize winner looks at the course of American history from the birth of the Constitution to the dawn of the Civil War. The years between and witnessed the development of the American Nation—its society, politics, customs, culture, and, most important, the development of liberty. Focusing on the tensions leading up to the Civil War, Burns brilliantly shows how Americans became divided over the meaning of Liberty.
Born in Boston, Burns fell in love with politics and history at an early age. Reviews Review Policy.
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Nations being composed of men naturally free and independent, and who, before the establishment of civil societies, lived together in the state of nature,—nations or sovereign states are to be considered as so many free persons living together in the state of nature. In an oft-told but still inspiring saga, the author opens his popular history in , as a young Washington was becoming seasoned in battles against French troops seeking to encroach on British territory. We must therefore apply to nations the rules of the law of nature, in order to discover what their obligations are, and what their rights: consequently the law of nations is originally no other than the law of nature applied to nations. Mitnick has edited a remarkably comprehensive anthology. Small Space Living. We have no right to use constraint against a free person except in those cases where such person is bound to perform some particular thing for us, and for some particular reason which does not depend on his judgment,—in those cases, in short, where we have a perfect right against him.
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Editorial Reviews. Review. “To some historians, Professor Burns is a fine political scientist. To some political scientists he is a fine historian. In fact, he is the best. The Vineyard of Liberty, and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle . The Crosswinds of Freedom: The American Experiment Vol
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