From the Author
A great review of the book by Tom Dilorenzo: lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo240.html
From the Inside Flap
The American public has been bullied into the false belief that centralization, commerce, and a fusion of the state and finance capital are the dominant intellectual underpinnings of the American Right. Here, Brion McClanahan and Clyde N. Wilson dispel that myth with a series of biographical vignettes on forgotten American conservatives aimed at resurrecting the true spirit of American conservatism. From James Jackson, John C. Calhoun, and M. E. Bradford to Grover Cleveland, William Faulkner, and Sam Ervin, the authors argue that American conservatism is distinctively more Jeffersonian than Hamiltonian and positively unique from its European counterpart. Rather than simply a reactionary impulse, American conservatism finds its roots in the ancient agrarian order and has eight core values: decentralization, sound money, light taxes, states' rights, low debt, family, community, and independence, both at home and abroad. To those looking for context among the various competing visions and directions of American conservatism, this book serves as an anchor, the "lamp of experience" in a darkened world of chaos. Brion McClanahan holds a PhD in American history from the University of South Carolina. He is the author of The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers and is a frequent contributor to several major conservative Web sites. He has lectured across the southeast on American history and the founding tradition of the United States and has appeared on dozens of local and syndicated radio programs in support of his work. McClanahan lives in Phenix City, Alabama, with his wife and children. Clyde N. Wilson is distinguished professor emeritus of history at the University of South Carolina, where he was the editor of the multivolume The Papers of John C. Calhoun. He holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a prolific writer and speaker. He is the recipient of the Bostick Prize for Contributions to South Carolina Letters and the John Randolph Society Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is the M. E. Bradford Distinguished Professor of the Abbeville Institute. Wilson lives in the Dutch Fork region of South Carolina.