Sean Busick

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.

The American and French Revolutions Compared

By |2020-07-13T17:11:10-05:00September 14th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, Revolution, Sean Busick|

One of the many differences between the American and French Revolutions is that, unlike the French, Americans did not fight for an abstraction. Americans initially took up arms against the British to defend and preserve the traditional rights of Englishmen. The slogan “no taxation without representation” aptly summed up one of their chief complaints. [...]

Mel Bradford and the Founding

By |2019-05-02T11:06:16-05:00July 28th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, Lee Cheek, Leo Strauss, M. E. Bradford, Sean Busick|Tags: |

Harry Jaffa and Mel Bradford Part II of “Not in Memoriam, But in Affirmation: Mel Bradford’s Scholarly Legacy at 20” (Part I) Mel Bradford’s interest in the Founding follows naturally from his Agrarianism. He believed that, unlike the French and Russian Revolutions, America’s was a conservative revolution. Both the Declaration of Independence [...]

Mel Bradford and Southern Agrarianism

By |2016-10-23T10:23:03-05:00July 26th, 2013|Categories: Agrarianism, Lee Cheek, M. E. Bradford, Sean Busick, South, Southern Agrarians|

Part I of “Not in Memoriam, But in Affirmation: Mel Bradford’s Scholarly Legacy at 20” The late Mel Bradford (1934-1993) was truly one of the giants of the postwar conservative intellectual movement. A Texan (born in Fort Worth), Bradford earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English at the University of Oklahoma before going [...]

In Memory of Vicksburg and Gettysburg

By |2020-06-30T21:49:35-05:00July 8th, 2013|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, Sean Busick|Tags: , |

As we remember the Battles of Vicksburg and Gettysburg in the summer of 1863, it is worth reflecting on how and why these battles and the Civil War altered the course of American history. People at the time recognized that the War was a watershed. Retired Harvard professor George Ticknor felt like Rip Van Winkle [...]

Alexander Hamilton Stephens Reconsidered

By |2014-11-03T08:47:46-06:00March 30th, 2013|Categories: Lee Cheek, Sean Busick|

Considering the large role he played in our nation’s past, Georgia’s Alexander Stephens deserves more than a footnote in our history. Limited by a popular and academic culture at the beginning of the 21st century that denigrates the past and places too much confidence in the present, the thoughtful student of Georgia politics and [...]

Freeman’s Robert E. Lee

By |2018-01-05T10:12:26-06:00February 19th, 2013|Categories: Books, Civil War, Robert E. Lee, Sean Busick, South|

“Teach him he must deny himself,” said Lee. That was the general’s advice to a young mother who brought her infant to him after the War Between the States to receive his blessing. In his classic four-volume biography R. E. Lee, Douglas Southall Freeman chose that as the single incident that best exemplifies Robert [...]

Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives: Reading & Writing in Sartorial Elegance

By |2014-12-10T11:07:45-06:00December 10th, 2012|Categories: Books, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Sean Busick|

Can’t decide what to get for the imaginative conservatives on your Christmas list? Here area few things to feed the vita contemplativa. A membership in the Folio Society. The Folio Society publishes beautifully bound and illustrated editions of some of the world’s greatest books that make perfect gifts. Reading Cicero, Tolkien, Gibbon, C.S. Lewis, [...]

The Idea That Will Not Die: Secession

By |2014-08-15T17:37:27-05:00November 28th, 2012|Categories: Lee Cheek, Politics, Sean Busick, Secession|

As the recent petitions to the White House confirm, secession is an idea that never goes away. The verb “secede” is derived from the Latin “secessio,” meaning any act of withdrawal. Originally introduced in the seventeenth century as a concept of ecclesiastical discourse and political theory, secession assumes the existence of the modern state, [...]

A Specialist in the American South: Eugene Genovese

By |2014-02-24T16:43:45-06:00July 3rd, 2012|Categories: Books, History, Sean Busick|Tags: , |

Eugene Genovese is one of the foremost American historians. A former Marxist, he is often branded a conservative—”a label applied to me frequently these days by people who understand nothing,” he wrote in 1994. Though he may eschew being labeled a conservative Genovese admits to having always admired much in conservative thought while being [...]

The Sack of Athens

By |2014-01-16T13:10:18-06:00May 2nd, 2012|Categories: Civil War, Sean Busick|

Col. John Turchin Today marks the 150th anniversary of the sack of Athens, Alabama on 2 May 1862 by Union troops serving under the command of Colonel John Turchin, who was born Ivan Vasilovitch Turchinov, near St. Petersburg, Russia. Upon entering Athens, Turchin turned his men loose, telling them “I see nothing [...]

James Hamilton: Women and Children First

By |2013-12-11T08:33:45-06:00January 21st, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Leadership, Sean Busick, Western Civilization|

The cowardly behavior of the Italian captain who recently fled his sinking ship reminds me of James Hamilton, Jr., for whom “women and children first” meant something. James Hamilton (1786-1857) was born near Charleston on May 8, 1786 to James Hamilton, Sr., a rice planter, and his wife Elizabeth Lynch. He was educated at [...]

Cicero on Generosity

By |2015-05-19T23:16:02-05:00January 15th, 2012|Categories: Cicero, Classics, Sean Busick|

Cicero A few of Cicero’s thoughts on generosity. “Whereas one’s purse must not be tightly closed against every generous inclination, it must also not be opened so wide that its contents are available to everybody and anybody.” “Those who have got accustomed to being subsidized are bound to want more.” “Nothing wins [...]

Forthcoming Paleoconservative Defense of Founding Principles

By |2014-04-11T15:18:29-05:00December 3rd, 2011|Categories: Books, Lee Cheek, Sean Busick|

Friends, Announcing a forthcoming book by The Imaginative Conservative contributors Lee Cheek & Sean Busick, The Founding of the American Republic. A fine addition to your list of books to enjoy in 2012. To be published by Continuum, December 2012. Below is the publisher’s description. This non partisan book brings often ignored people, ideas, and [...]

Republicanism and Liberty: The “Patrick Henry”/”Onslow” Debate

By |2019-12-06T13:36:49-06:00July 1st, 2011|Categories: John C. Calhoun, John Quincy Adams, Lee Cheek, Republicanism, Sean Busick|

“Mr. Onslow, the ablest among Speakers of the House of Commons, used to say ‘It was a maxim he had often heard when he was a young man, from old and experienced members, that nothing tended more to throw power into the hands of administration and those who acted with the majority of the [...]

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