The Story of Each of Us

By |2019-05-02T13:18:01-05:00June 12th, 2017|Categories: Character, Charles Carroll, Classical Education, J.R.R. Tolkien, Russell Kirk|

The chief purpose of life, for any one of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by this knowledge to praise and thanks. What will you do?… Editor’s Note: This address was delivered to the graduating class of 2017, Hillsdale Academy, [...]

The Last of the Romans: Charles Carroll of Carrollton

By |2020-09-18T16:15:55-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Bradley J. Birzer, Charles Carroll, Declaration of Independence, Featured|

The last living signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll assumed the role of republican and conservative revolutionary, representing in his old age the end of a period in history. The last of the American signers of the Declaration of Independence to pass from this world, Charles Carroll of Carroll was also one of [...]

History of States’ Rights, 1774-1817

By |2020-01-02T12:11:45-06:00February 7th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Charles Carroll, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured, Federalist Papers, Forrest McDonald|

On the eve of the American Revolution, most American thinkers had embraced the idea of all rights (and, therefore, sovereignty) being inherited.[1] Americans, as brothers and descendents of Englishmen, were entitled to the rights inherited from the English through the development of Anglo-Saxon common law and through the several political battles, such as those witnessed most [...]

A Warm Friend of Toleration: Charles Carroll and Religious Freedom

By |2020-09-18T16:03:27-05:00August 19th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Catholicism, Charles Carroll, Christendom, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

By enshrining the principle of religious freedom in Maryland’s constitution, Charles Carroll hoped to better the prospects of Catholics like himself. Indeed, he saw toleration as the only logical policy for governments to adopt. Designing and selfish men invented religious tests to exclude from posts of profit and trust their weaker or more conscientious fellow [...]

Charles Carroll, the Catholic Founder: An Interview with Dr. Bradley J. Birzer

By |2013-12-03T21:39:36-06:00March 1st, 2012|Categories: American Cicero, American Founding, American Republic, Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Charles Carroll, Religion, Republicanism|Tags: , |

by Carl Olson Dr. Bradley J. Birzer is the author of Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth. In this interview he talks with Carl E. Olson, editor of Ignatius Insight, about his most recent book, American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll. Ignatius Insight: Why a book about Charles [...]

American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll

By |2019-11-14T15:51:54-06:00August 25th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Audio/Video, Bradley J. Birzer, Charles Carroll|

An excellent lecture by Dr. Brad Birzer on "Charles Carroll: American Cicero." All patriots should know about Carroll's role in the establishment of the American Republic. We hope you will join us in The Imaginative Conservative community. The Imaginative Conservative is an on-line journal for those who seek the True, the Good and the Beautiful. We [...]

A Church of Their Own: Early American Catholics and Rome

By |2021-04-07T12:10:17-05:00July 5th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Catholics in Early America Series, Charles Carroll, Religion, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Bishop John Carroll’s life did much to show his Protestant neighbors that one could be a faithful Catholic as well as a patriotic republican, and by the dawn of the nineteenth century he had achieved the status of a leading citizen of the new republic. But Carroll’s optimism about America’s “extraordinary revolution” in religious toleration [...]

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