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Introduction

Jonathan Bean

in Race and Liberty in America

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125459
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125459.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter discusses the objectives of this book which are, first, to recapture the classical liberal tradition through the writings of men and women missing from other civil rights anthologies; second, to catch the interests of readers tired of the Left-versus-Right debates on television or the Left-on-Left offerings in the classroom; and, last, to provide a story about people and the difference they made in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The chapter also explains a philosophy of individualism called classical liberalism. It notes that classical liberals believed in individual freedom, Christianity, the Constitution, colorblindness, and capitalism—five core beliefs that greatly influenced the classical liberal tradition of racial freedom. The chapter details that classical liberalism is a distinctive civil rights tradition, and discusses the views of the Republicans on race.

Keywords: civil rights; freedom; Christianity; Constitution; colorblindness; capitalis; Republicans; race; classical liberalism; individualism

Chapter.  4053 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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