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James Fenimore Cooper was a nineteenth-century American author and political critic. Esteemed by many for his Romantic style, Cooper became popular for his depiction of Native Americans in fiction. Before Cooper considered himself a writer, he was expelled from Yale University, served as a midshipman for the United States Navy, and became a gentleman farmer. Cooper wrote many notable works including The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Red Rover, which was adapted and performed on stage in 1828. Cooper passed away in 1851 at the age of 61.

Birzer is an Assistant Professor of History at Hillsdale College. A senior fellow with the Center for the American Idea in Houston, hehas written extensively on Tolkien, James Fenimore Cooper, the American frontier and American Indians, and Christopher Dawson.

Willson is Salvatori Professor of History and Traditional Values at Hillsdale College. A recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching, Dr. Willson specializes in the history of eighteenth and early nineteenth-century American republic.

Birzer is an Assistant Professor of History at Hillsdale College. A senior fellow with the Center for the American Idea in Houston, hehas written extensively on Tolkien, James Fenimore Cooper, the American frontier and American Indians, and Christopher Dawson.

Willson is Salvatori Professor of History and Traditional Values at Hillsdale College. A recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching, Dr. Willson specializes in the history of eighteenth and early nineteenth-century American republic.
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Product Details

  • Series: Conservative Leadership Series (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 650 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway Editions; 1 edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895262428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895262424
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By R. Setliff on September 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Whereas, Alexis de Tocqueville offers his perspective on America as an outside observer, the literary genius James Fenimore Cooper offers his assessment of culture, politics and society in 19th century America. He doesn't hold democracy to be sacrosanct like we do today, but rather like any other system of government with its advantages and disadvantages. His look at the nature of liberty and its relation with equality is particularly intriguing.
He is cognizant of the dangers posed to American self-government, which values legal equality. Equality, is a virtue, only insofar as it pertains to equal rights and equality before the law. Any effort at establishing equality of outcome is tantamount to tyranny and opposed to liberty. Cooper illustrates the precarious relationship between liberty and equality. Unless, tradition, custom, the rule of law and the Constitution are revered and upheld- the American Polity could easily collapse into majoritarian tyranny under a demagogue.
One gains an appreciation of the system of government established by the American founding fathers after reading this book... They established a constitutionally-limited federal republic, with limits not only on the power of government, but with limits placed on the power of majority rule, so as to limit the fundamental role of government to protecting the rights of its citizens. This constitutional republic sought to balance out monarchial, democratic, and aristocratic elements...
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a revelation!! also includes the other political writings..too long ignored and a wonderful tonic for our times!!
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