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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.
Excellent studied comments on, not only forgotten, but to many “liberals,” unknown conservatives e.g. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul H. Yarbrough
Recommended by the Society of Independent Southern Historians. For other recommendations, go to southernhistorians . orgPublished 7 months ago by Howard Ray White
If you claim to be a conservative, buy this; read it; put it on your "history shelf."Published 12 months ago by KJeffV
Too many people are forgotten and it seems that those who are bending our moral imperatives today want some things & some people to go away. Urge you to read this.Published 13 months ago by James R. Morrella
Awful book no facts long on opinions no actual fact. All the authors ideas stolen from rush n hannity awfulPublished 21 months ago by Robert J. Kerr