Political Theory

Human Nature, Liberty, and the Role of Government: Constitutional Resistance During the Progressive Era


This conference examined the social, political, and legal foundations of American conservatism during the growth of Progressive influence in the early twentieth century.


Conference Readings

Lloyd, Gordon, eds. The Two Faces of Liberalism: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st Century, Salem: M & M Scrivener Press, 2007.

Butler, Nicholas Murray. “The New American Revolution.” American Bar Association Journal 10, no. 12 (December 1924): 845-851.

Coolidge, Calvin. Foundations of the Republic. Honolulu: University Press of the Pacific, 2004.

Coolidge, Calvin. The Price of Freedom: Speeches and Addresses. Amsterdam: Fredonia Books, 2001.

Harding, Warren G. Our Common Country. Edited by Warren G. Harding III. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2003.

Harding, Warren G. Rededicating America: Life and Recent Speeches of Warren G. Harding. Edited by Frederick E. Schortemeier. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1920.

Hill, David Jayne. “A Defense of the Constitution.” The North American Review 205, no. 736 (March 1917): 389-397.

Hill, David Jayne. Human Nature in the Constitution. Rochester: The University of Rochester, 1926.

Lodge, Henry Cabot. “Comment on Herbert Spencer’s ’The Coming Slavery’.” The Forum LIV (October 1915): 407-411.

Root, Elihu. Experiments in Government and the Essentials of the Constitution. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1913.

Root, Elihu. How to Preserve the Local Self-Government of the States. New York: Brentano’s, 1907.

Stone, Harlan F. “Comment on Herbert Spencer’s ‘The Sins of Legislators’.” The Forum LV (March 1916): 352-358.

Sutherland, George. “Principle or Expedient?” The Constitutional Review 5 (1921): 195-209.

Taft, William Howard. Liberty Under Law. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1922.