M. E. Bradford

Melvin E. "Mel" Bradford (May 8, 1934 – March 3, 1993) was a conservative political commentator and Professor of Literature at the University of Dallas. He was the author of "A Better Guide than Reason: Federalists and Anti-Federalists", "Original Intentions: On the Making and Ratification of the Constitution", "Founding Fathers: Brief Life of the Framers of the Constitution", and "The Reactionary Imperative: Essays Literary & Political."

The late Mel Bradford (d. 1993) was one of the leading paleo-conservative scholars of the South, teaching at the University of Dallas until his unexpected death due to complications from surgery. Bradford's scholarly work was primarily in...
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Since November 1980 conservatives have been struggling with the problem of adjusting their public posture so as to reflect changes in their situation. Following electoral triumph and the dramatic shift in the temper of their countrymen which...

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...
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Mel Bradford 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...

Founding Fathers: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution M.E. Bradford's brief lives of the Founding Fathers, free of ideological prejudices, tell us the sort of delegates those fifty-five were: gentlemen,...

Original Intentions: On the Making and Ratification of the United States Constitution, by M. E. Bradford; foreword by Forrest McDonald The late M. E. Bradford left an historiographical oeuvre devoted in large part...
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M.E. Bradford It is a paradox of our times that close observers of the American literary scene residing beyond our borders receive, from the self-appointed guardians of “high” culture and the life of the...
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Our collective confusion about the American experience begins at the beginning. Most Americans who think about such questions imagine that they understand the Declaration of Independence, though many of them may be puzzled that it did...
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The Roots of American Order, by Russell Kirk It is nowadays the fashion to think of these United States as a wholly "invented" polity, as the...

Samuel Adams (September 17, 1722-October 2, 1803), the political "boss" of the Boston town meeting, maltster, tax collector, essayist, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation, leader...

John Randolph of Roanoke: A Study in American Politics, by Russell Kirk. For Southerners of my antique persuasion, Russell Kirk’s John Randolph of Roanoke is a locus classicus. And for most American conservatives, it is a work...

The Federal District of Columbia, both in its formal character as a capital and also in its self-conscious attempt at a certain visual splendor, is, for every visitor from the somewhat sovereign states,...

A Better Guide Than Reason: Studies in the American Revolution. (La Salle, IL: Sherwood Sugden & Company Publishers, 1979). Cited in the text as Guide. Remembering Who We Are: Observations of a...

While studying at the University of Dallas in the early '90's, I was taught and influenced by a few notable professors, such as Janet Smith, Frederick Wilhelmsen, Wayne Ambler, Leo Paul de Alvarez, along with a few others. Following Prof....