Professor Harry Jaffa

Harry Jaffa

Biography: 

Now a distinguished fellow of the Claremont Institute, Dr. Harry Jaffa majored in English at Yale, took his doctorate at the New School for Social Research, and studied with the legendary political philosopher Leo Strauss. In 1959, Dr. Jaffa published Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates Of the book, journalist Andrew Ferguson says: “Crisis of the House Divided is a book that will never die; a genuine landmark in American thought. It’s the greatest Lincoln book ever.’ Of Dr. Jaffa, Yale political scientist Steven Smith says: He’s the “greatest living scholar of Lincoln’s political thought and Lincoln’s greatest defender, period.”

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Professor Harry Jaffa

Lincoln and More with Harry Jaffa (part 2)

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Harry Jaffavia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 24, 2009

In a previous Uncommon Knowledge interview, Jaffa discussed his classic Crisis of the House Divided.

Professor Harry Jaffa

Lincoln with Harry Jaffa

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Harry Jaffavia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, July 20, 2009

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 Lincoln-Douglas debates and their lasting influence on American society.