The American Tradition

In this book written in 1964, Carson offers a history of the United States
in which each chapter focuses on an element of what he sees as the
unique American tradition of liberty. Chapters cover topics such as
“republican government,” “individualism, “free economic intercourse,”
and “virtue and morality.” Carson argues that the US Constitution was
the closest human attempt to instantiate what he calls “higher law”
into a functioning government. The book is framed by opening and
closing chapters that explore both the ways in which the US has
deviated from this tradition of liberty and how that tradition might be
restored.

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