The Last of the Romans: Charles Carroll of Carrollton

By |2016-11-07T07:46:56-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Bradley J. Birzer, Charles Carroll, Declaration of Independence, Featured|

The last of the American signers of the Declaration of Independence to pass from this world, Charles Carroll of Carroll was also one of the most formally educated of the American founders. Living seventeen years in France and England, Carroll earned his B.A. in the traditional liberal arts and an M.A. in philosophy. He [...]

History of States’ Rights, 1774-1817

By |2019-03-28T11:45:54-05:00February 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 [...]

A Warm Friend of Toleration: Charles Carroll and Religious Freedom

By |2016-08-03T10:37:26-05:00August 19th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Catholicism, Charles Carroll, Christendom, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Designing and selfish men invented religious tests to exclude from posts of profit and trust their weaker or more conscientious fellow subjects, thus to secure to themselves all ye emoluments of Government.  –Charles Carroll of Carrollton, 1774 A cold rain fell on the grounds of The College of Louis the Great in Bourges, France, [...]

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

By |2013-12-03T21:39:36-05:00March 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 [...]

A Church of Their Own: Early American Catholics and Rome

By |2015-11-23T17:46:54-05:00July 5th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Charles Carroll, Religion, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

John Carroll statue at Georgetown University Defeated in his plan to have the selection of American bishops conform to the republican mores of the United States, Carroll moved ahead with his efforts to Americanize the Church. Carroll wanted to ensure that the Catholic Church in America would be sensitive to Protestant and [...]