Political Theory

Liberty and Patriotism in America and the World


This conference examined the nature of American patriotism through a reading of materials—a combination of historical, academic, and literary—covering the entire span of our national history.


From Liberty Fund

The Federalist

by By Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan

The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, constitutes a text central to the American political tradition. Written and published in newspapers in 1787 and 1788 to explain and promote ratification of the proposed Constitution for the United States, which were then bound by the Articles of Confederation,…

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Additional Readings

Kass, Amy A., Leon R. Kass, and Diana Schaub, eds. What So Proudly We Hail. Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books, 2011.

Cohen, Joshua, eds. For Love of Country? Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.

Addison, Joseph. Cato: A Tragedy, and Selected Essays. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2004.

Frohnen, Bruce. “The Patriotism of a Conservative.” Modern Age 48, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 105-118.

Lincoln, Abraham. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume II. Edited by Roy Basler. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1953.

Viroli, Maurizio. “On Civil Republicanism: Reply to Xenos and Yack.” Critical Review 12, no. 1-2 (1998): 187-196.

Washington, George. “First Inaugural Address.” Liberty Fund Online Library of Liberty. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/849 (February 2008).

Yack, Bernard. “Can Patriotism Save Us from Nationalism? Rejoinder to Viroli.” Critical Review 12, no. 1-2 (1998): 203-206.

Yack, Bernard, "The Myth of the Civic Nation." in Theorizing Nationalism, Edited by Ronald Beiner, 103-118. Albany: SUNY Press, 1996.