Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Edmund Burke in AmericaThe Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Drew Maciag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448959

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448959.001.0001

Show Summary Details



In Search of Icons

(p.1) Introduction
Edmund Burke in America

Drew Maciag

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter discusses how American commentary on Edmund Burke (1729–1797) has always revealed more about the intermittent traumas of American life than it has about the historical Edmund Burke. It shows how, while liberals have often enjoyed a considerable “family tree” of historical icons to support their ideals, conservatives find themselves lacking in great old names to help them defend traditional orthodoxies—having found few effective matches for Locke, Jefferson, Mill, Dewey, and other tradition-shattering icons. Consequently, they have been forced to stretch Edmund Burke beyond measure: since the Second World War, Burke has been employed to counter virtually all left-of-center thought. Yet, as the chapter shows, the current conservative appropriation of Burke's legacy in America is only the latest chapter in a long, symbolic enterprise.

Keywords:   Edmund Burke, Burke's legacy, liberals, conservatives, national culture, political ideologies

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.