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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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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...

Gettysburg Historical anniversaries naturally inspire reflection. This summer Americans mark the sesquicentennial of the pivotal battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Together, these two battles in the summer of 1863 went far toward sealing the...
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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...
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“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
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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...
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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...
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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...

The fiercely contested, yet inconclusive election of 1824 set the stage for one of the great debates of American political history. According to Irving Bartlett, “the key to understanding Calhoun’s political behavior and thinking...

As Americans prepare to celebrate July 4th, and enter into an election cycle in which politicians of every stripe are apt to misappropriate the Founders’ legacy, there has never been a better...