A New Birth of Freedom

– Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2000.
Summary from the Publisher: A New Birth of Freedom is the culmination of over a half a century of study and reflection by one of America’s foremost scholars of American politics, Harry V. Jaffa. This long-awaited sequel to Crisis of the House Divided,… More

Storm Over the Constitution

– Lanham: Lexington Books, 1999.
Summary from the Publisher: Written by one of America’s foremost political and legal theorists, Storm Over the Constitution examines the arguments of some of the leading proponents of the doctrine of ‘original intent.’ According to legal… More

Shakespeare’s Politics

– Ed. by Harry V. Jaffa and Alan Bloom, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
Summary from the Publisher: Taking the classical view that the political shapes man’s consciousness, Allan Bloom considers Shakespeare as a profoundly political Renaissance dramatist. He aims to recover Shakespeare’s ideas and beliefs and to make… More

Original Intent & the Framers of the Constitution

– Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 1994.
Summary from the Publisher: Original Intent and the Framers of the Constitution: A Disputed Question is a unique contribution to the debate, begun by Attorney General Edwin Meese in the second Reagan administration, over the “original intentions of the… More

Natural Right and Political Right: Essays in Honor of Harry V. Jaffa

– Thomas B. Silver and Peter W. Schramm, Durham:  Carolina Academic Press, 1984.
Table of Contents: Introduction 1. Dante and the Rediscovery of Political Philosophy by Ernest L. Fortin 2. Jefferson and the Practice of Empire by David Tucker 3. Elements of Ancient and Modern Harmony by John Adams Wettergreen 4. The Great Machiavellian… More

American Conservatism and the American Founding

– Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 1984.
Summary from the Publisher: This book is the fourth in a series (including Equality and Liberty, The Conditions of Freedom, and How to Think About the American Revolution) of reprinted works by Harry V. Jaffa, printed in commemoration of the author’s… More

Statesmanship: Essays in Honor of Sir Winston S. Churchill

– Editor, Studies in Statesmanship of the Winston S. Churchill Association, Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 1982.
Table of Contents: Introduction: On the Necessity of a Scholarship of the Politics of Freedom / Harry V. Jaffa 1. In Search of Churchill’s Character / Martin Gilbert 2. Can There Be Another Winston Churchill? / Harry V. Jaffa 3. On War and Legitimacy in… More

How to Think About the American Revolution: A Bicentennial Cerebration

– Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 1978.
Summary from the Publisher: This volume represents the third in a series. In 1999, in commemoration of Professor Harry V. Jaffa’s 80th birthday, the Claremont Institute began to re-issue Jaffa’s out-of-print books. The present volume, originally… More


The Emancipation Proclamation

– In Robert A. Godwin, ed., 100 Years of Emancipation (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1963). Reprinted in Equality and Liberty: Theory and Practice in American Politics (New York: Oxford University Press, 1965).
Excerpt: Both in the pre-inaugural period, and in the opening stages of the conflict, the danger of disunion, now the paramount danger, did not come from the forces of slavery alone. It came as well from the abolitionists. Now the name… More

Joseph Cropsey, Rest in Peace

– The Claremont Institute, January 13, 2015.
Excerpt: Our lives were twined and intertwined in many ways. Joe entered the doctoral program in economics at Columbia soon after receiving his undergraduate degree in the spring of 1939. If anyone had told him then that his career would be in political… More

The End of History Means the End of Freedom

– The Claremont Institute, January 13, 2015.
Excerpt: Mr. Fukuyama is a disciple of the late Alexander Kojeve, who re-interpreted Hegel’s version of the “end of history” to justify his support of the regime of Josef Stalin. Now Mr. Fukuyama re-interprets Kojeve’s reinterpretation… More

Can There Be Another Winston Churchill?

– The Claremont Institute, January 13, 2015.
Excerpt: On the night of the tenth of May, 1940, on the eve of the ill-fated Battle of France, Churchill became Prime Minister of Great Britain. As he went to bed, he tells us, at about 3 a.m., he was “conscious of a profound sense of relief. At last I… More

The Party of Lincoln vs. The Party of Bureaucrats

– The Claremont Institute, June 9, 2014.
Excerpt: In the fall of 1964, I was on the speech-writing staff of the Goldwater campaign. In September and October I went on a number of forays to college campuses, where I debated spokesmen for our opponents. My argument always started from here: In 1964… More

Aristotle and the Higher Good

New York Times, July 1, 2011.
Excerpt: Some time in the 1920s, the Conservative statesman F. E. Smith — Lord Birkenhead — gave a copy of the “Nicomachean Ethics” to his close friend Winston Churchill. He did so saying there were those who thought this was the greatest book of all… More

Thoreau and Lincoln

– From A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau, ed. Jack Turner (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2010). Reprinted in The Conditions of Freedom (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975).

Lincoln in Peoria

Claremont Review of Books, Fall 2009.
Excerpt: A friendly critic has recently characterized my life’s work as dedicated to the moral vision of Athens, Jerusalem, and Peoria. Of course, as a faithful student of Leo Strauss, I recognized and welcomed the association with Athens and Jerusalem,… More


The Declaration in a House Divided

– Video, Jack Miller Center, April 21, 2015.
Summary: Interviews with Diana Schaub, James W. Ceaser, and others on the Declaration of Independence.

Harry Jaffa Memorial Remarks

– Video, Claremont Institute, February 24, 2015.
Summary: Remarks delivered at Dr. Harry V. Jaffa’s funeral service on January 15, 2015 at Todd Memorial Chapel in Claremont, CA. The speakers, all students of Dr. Jaffa, are Edward J. Erler (Cal State San Bernardino; The Claremont Institute); Thomas G.… More

Ed Erler on Harry Jaffa

The American Mind, Claremont Institute, January 9, 2014.
Summary: CSUSB Professor Edward J. Erler recalls his first meeting and studies with Claremont Mens’ College Professor Harry V. Jaffa.

Lincoln with Harry Jaffa on Uncommon Knowledge

Uncommon Knowledge, Hoover Institution, July 22, 2009.
Summary: In a year that marks the two hundredth year since the birth of Lincoln, and the fiftieth year since the publication of his own Crisis of the House Divided, Harry Jaffa discusses Lincoln as a thinker and philosopher as well as the great import of the… More

Our Embattled Constitution

– Video, Hillsdale College, September 15, 2003.
Harry V. Jaffa discusses Lincoln and his Lincoln scholarship in this 2003 speech at Hillsdale College.