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Miller, William Lee

Overview
Works: 56 works in 170 publications in 3 languages and 12,937 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Case studies  Church history  Conference proceedings  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: E457.2, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by William Lee Miller
Lincoln's virtues : an ethical biography by William Lee Miller ( Book )
13 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 2,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book traces Abraham Lincoln's moral and intellectual development in the context of his times and in contrast with the leading issues of the day, including slavery
Arguing about slavery : the great battle in the United States Congress by William Lee Miller ( Book )
18 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 2,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Here is the United States Congress in the 1830s, grappling (or trying unsuccessfully to avoid grappling) with the gravest moral dilemma inherited from the framers of the Constitution. Here is the concept (and reality) of the ownership of human beings confronting three of the most powerful ideas of the time: American republicanism, American civil liberties, American representative government. This book re-creates an episode in our past, now forgotten, that once stirred and engrossed the nation: the congressional fight over petitions against slavery. The action takes place in the House of Representatives. Beginning in 1835, a new flood of abolitionist petitions pours into the House. The powers-that-be respond with a gag rule as their means of keeping these appeals off the House floor and excluding them from national discussion. A small band of congressmen, led by former president John Quincy Adams, battles against successive versions of the gag and introduces petitions in spite of it. Then, in February 1837, Adams raises the stakes by forcing the House to cope with what he calls "The Most Important Question to come before this House since its first origin": Do slaves have the right of petition? When the Whigs take over in 1841, some expect the gag rule to be repudiated, but instead it is made permanent. A small insurgent group of Whigs, collaborating with Adams, opposes party policy and makes opposition to slavery their top priority. They constitute the seedbed for the formation of the Republican Party which will be, in the next decade, the beginning of the end of slavery. Congressional leaders try to censure Adams, and his well-publicized "trial" in the House brings the entire matter to the nation's attention. The anti-Adams effort fails, and finally, after nine years of persistent support of the right of petition, Adams succeeds in defeating the gag rule. Throughout, one can see the gradual assembling not only of the political but also of the moral and intellectual elements for the ultimate assault on American slavery. When John Quincy Adams dies, virtually on the House floor, the young congressman Abraham Lincoln is sitting in the chamber
The first liberty : religion and the American Republic by William Lee Miller ( Book )
11 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the American concept of religious liberty: how it originated, its enactment into law, and its continuing consequences
President Lincoln : the duty of a statesman by William Lee Miller ( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The American president has come to be the most powerful figure in the world--and in the nineteenth century, a great man held that office. Lincoln scholar Miller's new book closely examines that great man in that hugely important office, analyzing the commander in chief who coped with the profound moral dilemmas of America's bloodiest war. In this sequel to Lincoln's Virtues Miller completes his "ethical biography," showing the inexperienced backcountry politician transformed into a head of state, slapped from the first minute of his presidency by decisions of the utmost gravity and confronted by the radical moral contradiction left by the nation's Founders: universal ideals of Equality and Liberty and the monstrous injustice of slavery. Miller finds in this superb politician a remarkable presidential combination: an indomitable resolve, combined with the judgment that keeps it from being mindless stubbornness; and a supreme magnanimity, combined with the judgment that keeps it from being sentimentality.--From publisher description
Two Americans : Truman, Eisenhower, and a dangerous world by William Lee Miller ( Book )
9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a dual examination of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower to analyze their similarities and differences, covering their roles in the high politics of their time and their respective experiences during and between the world wars
The business of May next : James Madison and the founding by William Lee Miller ( Book )
3 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Good fortune offered this nation an unusual chance at ideal nation-forming and... some honorable leaders seized that chance," writes William Lee Miller in The Business of May Next, and none among the founders made more of the opportunity than did James Madison, subject of this engaging work. Madison is depicted during the critical years between 1784 and 1791, when he was so active in articulating the governmental aims of the fledgling nation that he sometimes found himself in official dialogue with himself. More than simply a historical and biographical account, the book traces Madison's political and theoretical development as a means of illuminating its larger theme, the moral and intellectual underpinnings of the American nation. With a sound grasp of his material and a refreshing style Miller reveals how Madison's research into republics and his influence on the writing of the Constitution are central to the values for which the nation stands. From an examination of Madison's notes, Miller traces Madison's early research into other republics and their weaknesses. He reveals how Madison's thinking shaped the Virginia Plan, which, in turn, shaped the United States Constitution and the nation's institutions. The author writes that Madison sought the strands of Republicanism in history and gave republican ideals new and lasting institutional expression. He shows how the making of republican institutions became a collaboration, and how the newly created institutions contained within themselves provision for their own continuing alteration and for the involvement and influence of collective humanity down through the years. Miller follows Madison through the Constitutional Convention ("the business of May next") to the great national argument on behalf of the Constitution, notably through the Federalist papers. Of particular interest are his discussions of the constitutional deliberations over religious freedom and the institution of slavery
The Fifteenth Ward and the Great Society; an encounter with a modern city by William Lee Miller ( Book )
4 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Yankee from Georgia : the emergence of Jimmy Carter by William Lee Miller ( Book )
7 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Piety along the Potomac; notes on politics and morals in the fifties by William Lee Miller ( Book )
4 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Protestant and politics by William Lee Miller ( Book )
3 editions published between 1958 and 1962 in English and Korean and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Religion and the free society by Fund for the Republic ( Book )
11 editions published between 1958 and 1970 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Catholic pamphlet
Of thee, nevertheless, I sing : an essay on American political values by William Lee Miller ( Book )
4 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The first liberty : America's foundation in religious freedom by William Lee Miller ( Book )
6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The concept of religion-based politics has taken on new and sometimes ominous tones - even within the United States. In revisiting his prescient and influential first edition of The First Liberty, William Lee Miller has written a pointed new introduction, discussing how religious liberty has fathomed new depths in a post-9/11 world. Along with new material on recent Supreme Court cases involving church-state relations, and a new concluding chapter on America's religious and political landscape, this volume is an eloquent and thorough interpretation of how religious faith and political freedom continue to intermingle - and most importantly, how each must respect the boundary of the other." "Though many claim the United States to be a "Christian Nation," Miller reveals the true philosophical and political scaffolding that helped to build the famous "wall of separation" between church and state. Miller traces this fundamental American principle through the three great standard-bearers of religious liberty: Jefferson, Madison, and Roger Williams. Jefferson, who wrote the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, the precursor of the First Amendment of the Constitution; James Madison, who was politically responsible for Virginia's acceptance of religious liberty and who, a few years later, helped draft the Bill of Rights; and the even earlier figure, the radical dissenter Roger Williams, who propounded the idea of religious freedom not as a rational secularist but out of a deeply held spiritual faith." "The debate these founders began continues today in passionate arguments about civil rights, school prayer, abortion, Christmas creches, conscientious objection during warfare - and demonstrates how the right to hold any religious belief, including atheism, has dynamically shaped American political life."--BOOK JACKET
Religion and the public good : a bicentennial forum ( Book )
2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
President Lincoln the duty of a statesman by William Lee Miller ( Recording )
11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The American president has come to be the most powerful figure in the world---and back in the nineteenth century, a great man held that office. William Lee Miller's new book closely examines that great man in that hugely important office: Abraham Lincoln as president
Two Americans Truman, Eisenhower, and a dangerous world by William Lee Miller ( )
10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Lee Miller delves into the life stories of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower in this fascinating account of two ordinary men dealing with extraordinary power
Jimmy Carter l'homme et ses croyances by William Lee Miller ( Book )
3 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in French and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Une étude très documentée sur la personnalité de l'actuel président des Etats-Unis et sur ses rapports avec la nation
Lincoln's second inaugural : a study in political ethics by William Lee Miller ( Book )
1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Supreme Court decisions on church and state ( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Lee Miller, William 1926-
Miller, William L.
Miller, William L. 1926-
Languages
English (125)
French (3)
Korean (1)
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