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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145561579X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455615797
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brion McClanahan holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of South Carolina. Born in Virginia, he attended high school in Delaware and received a B.A. in history from Salisbury University in Maryland. He lives with his wife and children near Phenix City, Alabama, just across the river from Columbus, Georgia.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Manny Fernandez on June 25, 2012
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Really enjoyed the book. The book covers many of the distant and not so distant "conservatives" of American history. This book is not an exhaustive biography of these individuals but does serve to whet your appetite to further research these interesting individuals. Obviously the term "conservative" will not pass the smell test for the Hannity/ O'Reilly enthusiasts, but it does remain true to its original meaning. The interesting thing about some or most of the individuals is that the "left" thought they were right-wingers and the "right" thought they were liberals (what ever the terms for the present day understanding for the respective times). Some of the individuals covered in the book would not have made it on my radar for "must reads". I will try to find some good books on Calhoun, John Taylor of Caroline, Cleveland, Sam Irvin, and H.L. Menken.

I must admit, I am not too familiar with the co-author Clyde Wilson, but have subsequently researched a bit and have heard Mr. McClanahan tell the story of how they met and eventually collaborated.

Mr. McClanahan is a great author. I read his previous book "Founding Father's Guide to the Constitution" and it was equally informative and much more. I am also a member of LibertClassroom dot com where he has lectures as well.

I recommend this book to any liberty warrior that is interested in the real heroes of liberty throughout our history.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 8, 2012
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While I am not a conservative myself, I enjoy reading and learning about history and this book opened my eyes to some known but many unknown conservatives in the history of our country. What I loved was the book was very detailed and explained each individuals' beliefs. You do not get an in depth biography of each person, but you come out of reading the book much more knowledgeable than you did going in (at least I did) in regards to the fathers of conservatism in America. While the definition of conservatism at the beginning was quite a bit different than it is now, any person who is interested in history will truly love this book and will come to enjoy what you will learn through this well researched book!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dee Long on June 9, 2012
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If you want to understand the underpinings of America's political history, Forgotton Conservatives in American History offers sixteen profiles of both familiar and unfamiliar names, including presidents, writers and aristocrats. The authors examine a time when politics revolved around issues rather than personalities. Plenty of fodder for lively political discussion contained with its pages and perfect reading for yet another contentious presidential election year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Long on December 25, 2013
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I highly recommend it. it's a good book based on true history. about the forgotten conservatives in American history. you know it's a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tricia on December 20, 2013
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I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I was amazed to see so few conservatives in our past.
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The book is excellent, but Dr.Wilson's photo has changed since the picture I seen (not saw, I'm a lower end of the Appalachian chain Sand Mountain Alabama po white redneck by history, and still is, and always with Lee in the Mountains, so I don't know better) since I first seen his picture in Intercollegiate Review 1967and felt instant idenitification . And, it includes a couple of my favorite Americans, i.e., President John Tyler, and Charles LIndberg..
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