Professor of economics and history at San Jose State University

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Department of Economics, San Jose State University

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Jeffrey Rogers Hummel - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government

Writings

Abraham Lincoln: 2 assessments: Taking the gloss off of the Great Emancipator, Chicago Tribune, 12 Feb 2009
Examines Lincoln's attitude toward the abolition of slavery as well as the effects of his war on the growth of government
"... Lincoln elevated the suppression of Southern independence above any concern for blacks. As he publicly explained ... 'If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, ... ' Fortunate for the slaves that Lincoln ultimately concluded that freeing them offered the most military and political advantages."
Martin Van Buren: The American Gladstone, Reassessing the Presidency, 2001
"Van Buren was a lawyer-president who represented a new breed of professional politician. ... a close examination of Van Buren's four years in office reveals that historians have grossly underrated his many remarkable accomplishments against heavy odds. These, in my opinion, rank Martin Van Buren as the greatest president in American history."
Martin Van Buren: The Greatest American President [PDF], The Independent Review, 1999
"While avoiding foreign wars, he ... reduced the power and reach of central authority in the face of stiff resistance ... Americans once enjoyed greater freedom from government intervention than any other people. For that accomplishment, Martin Van Buren deserves as much credit as any other single individual ..."
Related Topic: Martin Van Buren
Not Just Japanese Americans: The Untold Story of U.S. Repression During 'The Good War', The Journal of Historical Review, 1986
"All the aforementioned events, entailing enormous gains for State power, occurred ... at a time when the United States was technically at peace. The Japanese attack ... merely accelerated the civil liberties trends already in motion. ... The internment of Japanese-Americans was ... representative of a wartime administration that respected civil liberties only so far as political expediency required."
Related Topic: World War II

Books Authored

Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War, 1996