From Union to Empire Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition

From Union to Empire Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition ✾ From Union to Empire Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition kindle Epub ❂ Author Clyde N. Wilson – Jeffersonian Democrats also konw as Southern conservatives were once a numerous and common American type They are seldom heard from any but for over 30 years Clyde N Wilson has been examining American Jeffersonian to Empire Essays in Kindle - Democrats to Empire MOBI ð also konw as Southern conservatives were once a numerous and common American type They are seldom heard from any but From Union PDF/EPUB ² for over years Clyde N Wilson has been examining American history and current events from just such a viewpoint Wilson as historian Union to Empire PDF/EPUB è and columnist Joseph Stromberg writes in the foreward is the kind of conservative who is a stalwart defender of federalism and republicanism and Union to Empire Essays in eBook ↠ the liberties associated with them Such conservatives are few and far between these days He is one a of a vanishing group of professional historians who do not regard Southern life and history as on dark Gothic misfortune after another What comes of this is the creative deployment of a Southern persective on American history one that yields interesting and important insights It is hard to do justice to Wilson's work Suffice it to say that there is good powerful writing here where an understanding of the value of genuine aristocratic leadership is mixed with the practical wisdom of the plain folk of the South I have long been waiting for a collection of Wilson's essays and having seen it I can say it is well worth careful adn repeated reading.

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    by Winston Elliott IIIFrom Union to Empire Essays in the Jeffersonian Traditionby Clyde N Wilson Foundation for American Education 2003 To check power to return the American empire to republicanism we do not need to resort to the drastic right of revolution nor to the destructive goal of anarchic individualism We have in the states ready made instruments All that is lacking is the will our goal should be the restoration of the real American Union of sovereign states in place of the upstart empire under which we live So concludes Clyde Wilson in the title essay of this very fine bookIn addition to serving as the editor of The Papers of John C Calhoun he has written for Modern Age Chronicles Intercollegiate Review and Southern Partisan The collection is broken into seven chapters Agrarian Conservatism; Jeffersonians; The Lost Constitution; Empire; Imperial Irritations; Cons and Neocons; History and Historians; and Restoring the RepublicAmong the over sixty excellent essays to be found in From Union to Empire I wish to point to three that I would recommend for your particular attention In the essential opening essay entitled The Jeffersonian Conservative Tradition Mr Wilson attempts to answer the uestion what should American conservatism seek to conserve In brief his answer is the federal and constitutional republic beueathed to us by that uniue event the American Revolution a revolution which was prudential rather than revolutionarya revolution for life liberty and propertya war of national independence waged without mass romantic nationalism He describes the essential elements of the conservative American polity as republicanism constitutionalism and federalism He goes on to propose that historically the conservatorof these elements has been found in the Jeffersonian conservative traditionIn Thomas Jefferson Conservative Mr Wilson reviews Dumas Malone's The Sage of Monticello the sixth volume of Malone's magisterial biography of Thomas Jefferson While praising Mr Malone's work as an increasingly rare phenomenon genuine scholarship Mr Wilson's review focuses the reader on what he sees as indisputable Thomas Jefferson was a conservative This essay is a wonderful review of an incredible biographical work Dumas Malone has completed a great work a work that is like its subject truthful harmonious balanced fair decorous gentlemanly What a rare thing for an American book in the 20th century a book by a gentleman about a gentleman I last read Jefferson and His Time twenty five years ago It has been too long I desire to once again share a fireside with Mr Jefferson and his faithful biographerIn the final essay Restoring the Republic Mr Wilson once again points us to Mr Jefferson for the principles necessary to restoring the Republic Mr Wilson reminds us that Jefferson's little revolution now and then is not then revolution but reaction Not a new utopia but something radically conservative a radical returning to the roots to old virtues and old principles What is the beginning point for this restorative work according to Mr Wilson? It is to be found in a principle which is much debated currently In the American system this can only happen by the revival of states' rights the only true force for limiting power Mr Wilson addresses the reasons for the decay of our Republic and suggests specific policy prescriptions which may bring about a cure He particularly recommends term limits a balanced budget amendment and a line item veto and notes that responsible republican government would do two things in this situation reduce taxes and retire debt Timely advice indeedI recommend for your consideration this very worthy collection of compelling essays by a distinguished historian and Jeffersonian For as Dr Wilson makes clear it may be that this sense of self determination of free men enjoyed by our Fathers is an impractical goal not fully realizable in the modern world but unless we recover it at least as an ideal and a point of reference toward which we direct our collective selves the American experiment has failed

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