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About Sean Busick

Sean Busick is Professor of History at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama. He has published seven books and scores of essays on early American history. Among his books are Patrick Henry-Onslow Debate: Liberty and Republicanism in American Political Thought, A Sober Desire for History: William Gilmore Simms as Historian, and the forthcoming The Founding of the American Republic.

Can the President Pardon Himself?

By |2019-04-25T15:39:35-05:00July 1st, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Government, Presidency, Sean Busick|

  It used to be a fundamental article of faith among American conservatives that the Constitution can only be understood in the context of the Founders’ original intentions. So, is it reasonable to believe that the Founders intended a president to have the power to pardon himself? The Constitution gives the president “Power to [...]

William F. Buckley: “God and Man at Yale”

By |2017-11-03T21:07:49-05:00July 4th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Education, Featured, Freedom, Liberal Learning, Permanent Things|

Buckley apparently did not resist the ideas of collectivism as successfully as he thought. Instead, he chose to aim for winning a contemporary battle rather than defending the Permanent Things… William F. Buckley’s God and Man at Yale is one of the classics of conservatism. Written in 1951 during the Cold War, the book [...]

The American and French Revolutions Compared

By |2017-05-11T13:58:08-05:00May 7th, 2017|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, History, Revolution, Timeless Essays|

Americans turned to the concrete lessons of history and experience to guide them in securing their liberty. The French, on the other hand, deified Reason above not only experience, but also above religion and divine revelation… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Sean Busick as he explores [...]

Should Yale Erase the Name of John C. Calhoun?

By |2016-01-24T09:13:07-05:00January 24th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Culture, History, John C. Calhoun, Lee Cheek|

The misguided effort to have Yale University rename Calhoun College is a sign that we contemporary Americans have a tendency to forget who we are, and to engage in what has become known as political correctness. The advocates of political correctness want to corrupt history for temporary political gain, and their efforts are, sadly, [...]

A Smokin’ Christmas! Gift Ideas for Your Winter Barbecue

By |2015-12-19T17:24:59-05:00December 19th, 2015|Categories: Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Anyone who doesn’t like good barbecue deserves a lump of charcoal in his stocking. Barbecue, like politics, should be local. So get your special someone a gift pack of some of the South’s best regional barbecue sauces: Owensboro, Kentucky’s Moonlite Bar­-B-Q’s sweet tomato based sauce The original white sauce (terrific on chicken) from Decatur, Alabama’s Big [...]

Charleston, Vandalism, and Political Correctness

By |2015-06-24T17:38:32-05:00June 24th, 2015|Categories: American Republic, First Amendment, Rule of Law|

We understand and sympathize with people’s anger and frustration about recent events in Charleston, but the misguided effort to damage the statue of Vice-President John C. Calhoun in Marion Square, as well as the many other destructive acts throughout the nation, is a sign of how we as contemporary Americans have a tendency to [...]

Music of the South for Christmas

By |2014-12-22T12:38:30-05:00December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Christmas, Music, Sean Busick|

Historian Michael O’Brien has called the South’s music Southern culture’s “major contribution” to the world.[1] The South has offered the world Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Bluegrass, and Rock and Roll. Without the South we would lack the music of Elvis, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Mahalia Jackson, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Robert Johnson, and Bessie Smith. [...]

William Gilmore Simms: A Reading List

By |2015-11-10T17:53:02-05:00June 1st, 2014|Categories: Books, Sean Busick, South|

As one who has published on William Gilmore Simms, the Old South’s greatest author, I am periodically asked where one should begin reading his works. This is a good question. Most readers today are not very familiar with Simms. Add to this the fact that he published over eighty books, and it is easy [...]

My Year in Reading: 2013

By |2014-01-14T17:07:42-05:00January 15th, 2014|Categories: Books, Sean Busick|

“Is there, my Books, a charm which ye have not, No!—When with you, the world is all forgot.” —William Gilmore Simms, “Sonnet—To My Books,” 1823 The beginning of a new year provides me with an opportunity to outline a personal reading plan for the coming year and to reflect upon the books I read [...]

Imaginative Conservatives: Gifts for Readers

By |2014-12-10T11:46:51-05:00December 14th, 2013|Categories: Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Sean Busick|

Gifts for imaginative conservatives are bound to be gifts for readers. Keeping that in mind, permit me to suggest some reading tools and accessories as holiday gift ideas. It is no secret that I love Filson. Their American-made bags and coats are among the best, and toughest, you will ever find. Consider Filson’s wool [...]

The Best American Ghost Story?

By |2018-10-25T15:52:30-05:00October 30th, 2013|Categories: Fiction, Sean Busick|Tags: |

William Gilmore Simms When it comes to stories that make your hair stand on end everyone’s mind understandably goes to master of macabre Edgar Allan Poe. But what did Poe himself consider the best ghost story? Of William Gilmore Simms’s short story “Grayling, or Murder Will Out,” Poe wrote “it is really [...]

Novels by State: A Southern Reply

By |2015-11-10T17:53:02-05:00October 19th, 2013|Categories: Sean Busick, South|Tags: |

Business Insider caused a sensation with their list “The Most Famous Book Set In Every State.” And when we say “sensation,” we mean “shock and anger.” While some of their picks are obvious, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for Kansas or To Kill a Mockingbird for Alabama, others provoked more consternation. Does Louisiana deserve [...]

Bachman & Audubon: A Scholarly Friendship

By |2013-12-20T15:39:01-05:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Books, Sean Busick|

Had I the Wings: The Friendship of Bachman & Audubon, by Jay Shuler Jay Shuler’s Had I the Wings is unusual in that it focuses not on an individual or an event, but on a friendship. Together, with the assistance of their families, John Bachman and John Audubon produced two of the seminal works [...]