Political Theory

The Framing of Liberty in the Great American Debates: Publius–Brutus, Webster–Hayne, and Lincoln–Douglas


This conference focused on changing conceptions of liberty in America as presented in the Founding Era newspaper debate between Publius, author of The Federalist, and Brutus, a leading Anti-Federalist; the antebellum senate debate between nationalist Daniel Webster and rights advocate Robert Hayne; and wide-ranging debates between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln in the 1858 Illinois senate election.


Conference Readings

Zuckert, Michael P. and Derek A. Webb, eds. The Anti-Federalist Writings of the Melancton Smith Circle. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2009.

Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist: The Gideon Edition. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Lincoln, Abraham and Douglas, Stephen A. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858. Edited by Robert W. Johannsen. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008 [1965].

Webster, Daniel and Robert Hayne. The Webster-Hayne Debate on the Nature of the Constitution: Selected Documents. Edited by Herman Belz. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000.