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Toward a More Perfect Union: In Honor of Herbert J. Storing

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Storing_teachingAbout Herbert J. Storing 

Herbert J. Storing was born on January 29, 1928, in Ames, Iowa. He served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1948, and received his A.B. degree from Colgate University in 1950. He then attended the University of Chicago, earning his A.M. in 1951 and Ph.D. in 1956. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom from 1953 to 1955 and also received research grants from the Rockefeller, Ford, and Relm Foundations and from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Storing served as senior research assistant at the London School of Economics; as assistant, associate, and professor of political science at the University of Chicago (1956–1977); and as director of the Telluride summer program at the Hampton Institute in 1967. He was Visiting Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Jurisprudence at Colgate University from 1968 to 1969, and part-time professor of political science at Northern Illinois University from 1969 to 1975.

At the time of his death in September 1977, Storing was Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, where he also served as director of the Study of the Presidency at the White Burkett Miller Center for Public Affairs. He was also a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellows.

He is coauthor of The State and the Farmer; editor and contributor to Essays on the Scientific Study of Politics; editor of What Country Have I? Political Writings by Black Americans; editor of the seven-volume The Complete Anti-Federalist; author of What the Anti-Federalists Were For; and author of numerous essays on the American founding, constitutional law, public administration, American political thought, and the American presidency.

Toward a More Perfect Union

Many of Storing’s essays were collected in 1995 for AEI’s Landmarks in Contemporary Political Thought series. The 24 essays presented below were written between the early 1960s and his death in 1977. They are grouped in sections on the legacy of the Founding Fathers, race relations, rights and the public interest, bureaucracy and big government, statesmanship and the presidency, and liberal education.

1.  Editor’s Introduction  Joseph M. Bessette

Part One: Constitutional Foundations
2.  The Constitutional Convention: Toward a More Perfect Union
3.  Federalists and Anti-Federalists: The Ratification Debate
4.  The “Other” Federalist Papers: A Preliminary Sketch
5.  The Constitution and the Bill of Rights

Part Two: Slavery and Race in American Politics
6.  Slavery and the Moral Foundations of the American Republic
7.  Frederick Douglass
8.  The School of Slavery: A Reconsideration of Booker T. Washington
9.  What Country Have I?  Political Writings by Black Americans

Part Three: Rights, the Rule of Law, and the Public Interest
10.  William Blackstone
11.  The Case against Civil Disobedience
12.  Interest Groups and the Public Interest (with Peter Self)
13.  The Crucial Link: Public Administration, Responsibility, and the Public Interest

Part Four: Public Administration, Bureaucracy, and Big Government
14.  The Problem of Big Government
15.  Political Parties and the Bureaucracy
16.  Leonard D. White and the Study of Public Administration
17.  The Role of Government in Society

Part Five: The Presidency and Statesmanship
18.  The Creation of the Presidency
19.  The Presidency and the Constitution
20.  A Plan for Studying the Presidency
21.  In Defense of the Electoral College
22.  American Statesmanship: Old and New

Part Six: Liberal Education and the Study of Politics
23.  Liberal Education and the Common Man
24.  The “Chicago School” of Political Science
25.  The Achievement of Leo Strauss