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John Roberts at Harvard

Posted by PrestoPundit on 07/31/2005

At look at (the Harvard undergrad) papers of John Roberts. Quotable

Two of Roberts’s college history papers survive, however, in the Harvard University Archives. For a few bucks the archivists will send you copies of “The Utopian Conservative: A Study of Continuity and Change in the Thought of Daniel Webster” and “Old and New Liberalism: The British Liberal Party’s Approach to the Social Problem, 1906-1914.” ..

Roberts .. seems to be drawn to noble causes — Webster’s attempt to save the Union, Lloyd George and Churchill’s program of incremental reform — that end in failure. The Union busted; there was civil war. The Liberal party collapsed; the British welfare state metastasized. A deep respect for courageous intentions and righteous politics courses through Roberts’s college papers. He grows most eloquent when he describes a man of character, a disinterested, self-sacrificing man of wisdom who continually worked with others of his sort to resolve any controversy which threatened national harmony. The man of character did not fight in the thick of political battles, but rather raised himself above the conflict and stilled it through dispassionate compromise.

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