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Sean Busick

Sean Busick
Sean Busick is a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. He is Associate Professor of History at Athens State University and President of the William Gilmore Simms Society. He is the author of A Sober Desire for History: William Gilmore Simms as Historian (USC Press, 2005) and other books.
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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

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...

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...

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,...

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...
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Historian Michael O’Brien has called the South’s music Southern culture’s “major contribution” to the world. The South has offered the world Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Bluegrass, and Rock and Roll. Without the South we would lack the music of...
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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...
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“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...

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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...

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...