Complete Writings on America includes the most important speeches and writings on America by the eighteenth century philosopher and statesman, Edmund Burke. Burke was a well-known orator who enjoyed a decades-long public career, whose speeches were republished many times in America during the 19th century, and whose works on political and philosophical issues continue to be highly influential today. This new edition provides a full account of Burke’s thoughts and actions in regard to the colonial crisis in American history and, more generally, the development of constitutionalism. It features a new Introduction by Bruce P. Frohnen, Ph.D., a widely acclaimed scholar on constitutionalism and jurisprudence.
Praise for Complete Writings on America
“This wonderful collection of Burke’s writings on America, combined with Bruce Frohnen’s illuminating introduction, demonstrates the truth of Churchill’s assertion: “the Burke of Liberty and the Burke of Authority” were indeed “the same man,” defending similar ideals from different assaults. In this edition, as in Frohnen’s essay, the Burke who defended the rights of the American colonists emerges as the same Burke who later assailed the French doctrine of the universal rights of man. Those who seek to understand modernity’s finest scholar-statesman in the full dimensions of his greatness must consequently grapple with Burke’s writings on the American crisis. What a treasure to have them gathered in a single volume.” ~Greg Weiner, assistant professor of political science, Assumption College, author of American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan
About the Author
Edmund Burke (1729–1797) was for several decades a member of the British Parliament, where he worked to defend constitutional free government against corruption, revolution, and the centralization of power. A famed orator and political thinker, his Reflections on the Revolution in France is credited with solidifying opposition to the anti-religious radicalism of the French Revolution and founding modern conservatism.
Bruce P. Frohnen is the author of three books, including (with George W. Carey) Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law (Harvard University Press, 2016). He also has edited numerous volumes and published over 100 articles and essays in journals including the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and the American Journal of Jurisprudence. He currently serves as Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University College of Law.