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Guide to the The American Presidency: An Interpretation: manuscript W.0122

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
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January 2014

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Collection Title:

The American Presidency: An Interpretation: manuscript

Unit ID:

W.0122

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.15 Linear feet

Dates:

1939

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Unbound, handwritten manuscript of Harold Joseph Lanski's The American President: An Interpretation.

creator

Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

The American Presidency: An Interpretation: manuscript, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

Related Archival Materials note

Harold J. Laski Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries

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None

Biographical/Historical note

Harold Joseph Laski was a British political theorist and an active member of the British Labour Party. Laski was born on June 30, 1893, in Manchester, England. In 1911, Laski married Frieda Kerrey.

Laski graduated from Oxford University in 1914 and began an influential political and academic career. Laski left England in 1914 and accepted teaching appointments at Montreal's McGill University (1914-1916) and Harvard University (1916-1920). While teaching at Harvard, Laski cultivated friendships with a number of influential political figures, including Supreme Court justices Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and Louis Brandeis.

In 1920, Laski returned to England, where he became an active member of the Labour Party. In 1926, he became a political science professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he taught until his death in 1950. Following the Great Depression, Laski's political and academic work was increasingly shaped by Marxist theory. During the 1930s and 1940s, Laski published a number of works on political science, including The State in Theory and Practice (1935), The Rise of European Liberalism: An Essay in Interpretation (1936), and The American Democracy: A Commentary and Interpretation (1948). In 1945, Laski was elected to serve as the Labour Party chairman; however, his tenure was largely ineffective due to tensions between Laski and Prime Minister Clement Attlee.

Laski died on March 24, 1950, in London.

Source: Encyclopedia Britannica

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains an unbound, handwritten manuscript of The American Presidency: An Interpretation, written by British political scientist Harold Joseph Laski. This unbound manuscript, dated 1939, is a fairly complete draft of the book, containing only a few minor edits. The book is based on a series of lectures Laski presented at the University of Indiana in 1939. It includes chapters on presidential interactions with Cabinet and Congress, and a chapter on foreign relations. The American Presidency was published in 1940.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Manuscripts for publication (aat)

Politics and government (lcsh)

Presidents (lcsh)

Manuscript Box W0122.01