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Edmund Burke in AmericaThe Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism$
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Drew Maciag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448959

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448959.001.0001

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The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age

Eclectic Interpretations

(p.107) Chapter 6 The Gilded Age
Edmund Burke in America

Drew Maciag

Cornell University Press

This chapter illustrates one of the more eclectic periods for American interest in Burke during the Gilded Age. As concerns shifted from politics to economics in American life, traditional Burkean philosophy fell by the wayside—was no longer proclaimed in great political debates or grand patriotic orations. Instead Burke was discussed mostly in the highbrow magazines and other such venues frequented by the intellectual and literary elite. The Nation magazine, a “Weekly Journal Devoted to Politics, Literature, Science and Art” first published in 1865, had squeezed an impressive amount of commentary on Edmund Burke into four short reviews published between 1867 and 1879. One of its principal contributors, Edwin Lawrence Godkin (1831–1902), would go on to produce more such works on Burke's career.

Keywords:   Gilded Age, Burkean philosophy, Nation magazine, Edwin Lawrence Godkin, Burke's career

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