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Forgotten Conservatives in American History
"Americans weary of what passes for 'conservatism' in the circus of modern party politics owe McClanahan and Wilson profound thanks for recovering these voices of a lost tradition. Our bloated, debt-ridden, crusading empire has never needed these courageous defenders of the old republic more than it does at present. This is a sober reminder of how far we have departed from ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by Pelican Publishing
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This is a collection of biographical profiles of conservative figures in American history, many of whom are now completely forgotten and lost to popular history. The profiles include not only politicians but once-popular writers. To read it, you really need to be not only inquisitive about the forgotten history of conservatism, but open-minded. This book and its authors are hard-core Southern partisans with obvious historical and political sympathies and biases. What really proves it is: the cha ...more
This is a valuable book, the more especially so since the recent election and all the resulting calls for the Republican party to reinvent itself. Most people seem to have accepted that the GOP is no longer attractive to younger voters, and that there is a growing discontent with the neo-conservative project. This by itself is all to the good; the problem is that these younger voters, if they are concerned about virtue and community, veer into a soft leftism; or if they are not, they lean toward ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Nate rated it did not like it
History seems to be a difficult genre to write in, but the authors would have greatly benefited from taking a few more writing classes on how to articulate a set of ideas before sending this to print. They try to do far too much in their writing, in far too little of a space, which makes most chapters feel like a series of random flashes in the subject's life. (The latter 1/3 chapters have a different feel, a better flow-I'm assuming the other author wrote those.) The writing isn't dry, which is ...more
Brion McClanahan received a B.A. in History from Salisbury University in 1997 and an M.A. in History from the University of South Carolina in 1999. He finished his Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina in 2006, and had the privilege of being Clyde Wilson's last doctoral student. He is the author or co-author of four books, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, (Re ...more