Liberty and the Question of Empire


This colloquium discussed the concept of liberty within the context of empire. Specific emphasis was placed on the relationship between the augmentation of national (State) power and imperialism. The ultimate goal of this conference was the examination of the relationship between liberty and power, as the latter is distributed and exercised politically and institutionally.


Conference Readings

Frohnen, Bruce P., eds. The American Republic: Primary Sources. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Frohnen, Bruce P., eds. The American Nation: Primary Sources, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2009.

Downes v. Bidwell, 504 182 U.S. 244  (U.S. Supreme Court Argued January 8-11, 1901). http://supreme.justia.com/us/182/244/case.html (accessed May 27, 2009).

Johnson, Chalmers. Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2007.

Johnson, Paul. "From "The Evil Empire" to "The Empire for Liberty"." The New Criterion 21, no. 10 (June 2003): 20-25.

Lincoln, Abraham. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832-1858. Edited by Don Edward Fehrenbacher. New York: Library of America, 1989.

O' Sullivan, John. "Annexation." The United States Magazine and Democratic Review XVII (1845): 5-10.

O'Brien, Patrick Karl and Armand Clesse. Two Hegemonies: Britain 1846–1914 and the United States 1941–2001. United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2002.

O'Sullivan, John. "The Great Nation of Futurity." The United States Magazine and Democratic Review VI, no. XXIII (1839): 426-430.

United States. Congressional Record. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1873-Present.