Clyde Wilson

About Clyde Wilson

Clyde N. Wilson is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition and Defending Dixie: Essays in Southern History and Culture. He is also editor of The Essential Calhoun in Russell Kirk’s Library of Conservative Thought, as well as the editor of the multivolume The Papers of John C. Calhoun.

Russell Kirk’s "Southern Valor"

By |2017-02-03T11:43:50-06:00September 18th, 2012|Categories: Clyde Wilson, Conservatism, John Randolph of Roanoke, Russell Kirk, South|Tags: , |

M.E. Bradford, who departed this vale of tears one year before his friend Russell Kirk, published an appreciation of Kirk in the pages of The Intercollegiate Review eighteen years ago. He likened Kirk, aptly, to his “neglected predecessor in American thought,” Orestes Brownson. Brownson was a widely learned and deeply earnest conservative democrat of [...]

Forgotten Conservatives in American History

By |2016-10-17T11:05:41-05:00August 10th, 2012|Categories: Books, Clyde Wilson, Conservatism|Tags: |

Several times in his dense treatises, John Taylor of Caroline, the systematic philosopher of Jeffersonian democracy, warned that political terms are treacherous and their exact meaning must be examined with care. Because, words are themselves weapons in the eternal campaign of designing men to achieve power and exploit their fellows. Let them control the [...]

Thomas Jefferson or Alexander Hamilton?

By |2016-10-17T11:05:42-05:00May 15th, 2012|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Republic, Clyde Wilson, Thomas Jefferson|

Friends, you must have either Jefferson or Hamilton. All the fundamental conflicts in our history were adumbrated during the first decade of the General Government in the contest symbolized by these two men. Hamilton lost in the short run, but triumphed in the long run. He would find much that is agreeable in the present American [...]

Thomas Jefferson, Conservative

By |2020-04-11T11:06:57-05:00April 19th, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Books, Clyde Wilson, Conservatism, Featured, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson|

From historian Dumas Malone, we can, if we wish, begin to discern the real Jefferson. And that Jefferson is, in the broad outline of American history, identifiable in no other way than as a conservative. The Sage of Monticello, by Dumas Malone, Volume Six of Jefferson and His Time In 1809 Thomas Jefferson yielded [...]

The Jeffersonian Conservative Tradition

By |2019-11-10T22:34:15-06:00September 4th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, Books, Clyde Wilson, Conservatism, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson|

As a movement of thought, the resurgent conservatism of twentieth century America cannot achieve maturity without a properly worked out historical self-image—a documented and convincing picture of what traditions, tendencies, and movements it is heir to. In its earliest stages the conservative resurgence has conceived of itself largely as an extension of the European [...]

Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

By |2018-04-12T14:47:00-05:00April 13th, 2011|Categories: American Republic, Clyde Wilson, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson|

Thomas Jefferson’s birthday went virtually unnoticed earlier this year (ed. 1993), the 250th anniversary of his birth. Nothing is more indicative of how badly we Americans have squandered our moral capital and betrayed the substance of our history. We did have, of course, President Clinton’s inaugural journey from Monticello, though it is hard to imagine [...]

Patriotism: A Necessary Sentiment

By |2020-06-22T16:30:57-05:00February 21st, 2011|Categories: American Republic, Clyde Wilson, Nationalism, Patriotism, Quotation|

Patriotism is the wholesome, constructive love of one’s land and people. Nationalism is the unhealthy love of one’s government, accompanied by the aggressive desire to put down others—which becomes in deracinated modern men a substitute for religious faith. Patriotism is an appropriate, indeed necessary, sentiment for people who wish to preserve their freedom; nationalism [...]

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