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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."

Beware lest any man tempt you through philosophy and vain deceit. —Colossians 2:8 Quae est enim istorum oratio tam exquisita, quae sit anteponenda bene constitutae civiti publico jure et moribus? ("For what speech of theirs...

With the time and manner of his death Abraham Lincoln, as leader of a Puritan people who had just won a great victory over "the forces of evil," was placed beyond the reach of ordinary historical...

I Let us have no foolishness, indeed.* Equality as a moral or political imperative, pursued as an end in itself—Equality, with the capital "E"—is the antonym of every legitimate conservative principle. Contrary to most...

Of all the men significantly involved in the major events leading up to and following from the American Revolution none has been so undeservedly neglected by our political historians as the mysterious John Dickinson. The oversight...

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join M.E. Bradford as he examines Roman history and the American founding. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher
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M.E. Bradford Ideas about property, language, and memory established the contours and parameters of M. E. Bradford's Southern inheritance. In Bradford's thought, property, language, and memory were linked in defense of what his mentor, Donald...
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Allen Tate Who Owns America? followed I’ll Take My Stand--which had appeared six years earlier--as a more diverse sequel and defense of decentralization. More importantly, Who Owns America? was explicitly a plea...
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I have called M.E. Bradford the Agrarian Aquinas. He did not write a Summa, but his work, as a whole, enriched and carried into new territory the message of I’ll Take My Stand on a...

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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Conservatives have struggled 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 produced so many encouraging...

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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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...

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...