Quite simply, the best cultural review in the world
Remembering James Wilson
On our most neglected Founding Father.
was right!Support The
Wilson is one of the luminaries of [his] time,” wrote James Bryce in The American Commonwealth (1888), “to whom subsequent generations of Americans have failed to do full justice.” We conspicuously continue to fail. In America’s Forgotten Founders (2008), Mark David Hall and Gary Gregg recounted asking more than one hundred political scientists, historians, and law professors to rank, from a list of seventy-three, the most underrated founders. Wilson, they report, “easily topped the list.” In 1956, Wilson’s biographer, the historian Charles Page Smith, observed that his subject—one of six men to sign both the Declaration and Constitution—was “alone among the great figures of his age [to be] without a biography.” Smith hoped to “restore James Wilson to his proper place among the great figures of our history.” His work, long out of print, remains the ...
This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 29 June 2011, on page 19
Copyright © 2013 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Remembering-James-Wilson-7056
E-mail to friend
A review of Freedom's Orphans: Contemporary Liberalism & the Fate of American Children, by David Tubbs (New Forum Books).
The great famine before China's Cultural Revolution killed millions. Yang Jisheng took it upon himself to make sure the world knew about it.
by Charles Hill
He was an eighteenth-century Irish statesman, but Edmund Burke still has plenty to say today.
Reinhold Niebuhr was a public intellectual and a theologian who still has a deep influence on both the right and the left.
Poet George Green reads from his award-winning Lord Byron's Foot
Celebration of the Life of Robert H. Bork, 1927–2012
James Panero on price gouging at the Met, with Fred Dicker