Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Forgotten Conservatives in American History

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Book Review - Forgotten Conservatives in American History

About the Book 
An education on conservatism. This series of essays defines the American idea of conservatism as adapted from European society. In tracing its evolution from the country's beginnings, conservatism is defined as sound money, light taxes, low debt, states' rights, and decentralization. Chapters examine men like Grover Cleveland, the last conservative president; John Taylor, the best political thinker of the Jeffersonian tradition; and Sam Ervin, the last constitutionalist. Through the words and actions of men, readers will find an understanding of American conservatism from the founding generation to the present.

About the Author
Brion McClanahan is a history professor at Chattahoochee Valley Community College and a faculty member at Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom. He   has written for,,, and

Clyde N. Wilson is a retired distinguished professor of history emeritus from the University of South Carolina. He is a recipient of the Bostick Prize for Contributions to South Carolina Letters and of the first annual Randolph Society Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also the M.E. Bradford distinguished chair of the Abbeville Institute.

My Take on the Book
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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