2015 in Review

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Sean Hannity begins his nationally syndicated radio talk show by welcoming listeners to “the revolution.”  This is a clever marketing ploy, but nothing Hannity discusses is truly revolutionary nor that inspiring.  Many thoughtful listeners are left searching for a voice that articulates their worldview, particularly in the South.

Some of these people—not just Southerners—have ended up at the Abbeville Institute.  We have started to change the dialog in regard to the Southern tradition and the Jeffersonian vision of America.  Until recently, that vision was regarded as the American tradition.  The South held on to it longer and more forcefully, but it is the only counterweight to the modern onslaught of political correctness and destructive centralization.  Our mission is to “explore what is true and valuable in the Southern tradition.”  With your support, the Institute has grown and expanded our programs and outreach in the last year.

Nearly 270,000 people from all corners of the globe visited our website in 2015, a more than 300 percent increase over 2014.  Clyde Wilson’s “Lies My Teacher Told Me: A True History of the War for Southern Independence,” was the top article for the year, and was read nearly 100,000 times.  Dr. Wilson had three of the top ten articles for the year, making the Clyde Wilson Library an essential component of the website. Not one website can claim as many fine Southern writers as the Abbeville Institute, and our stable of great authors continues to grow.

The current attack on Southern symbols led to a successful and well attended October conference in Stone Mountain, Georgia.   All of those lectures available for free on YouTube and will be available in audio format for download.   They add to the over one hundred free lectures already on our website from past conferences and events.

Our July Summer School on the Southern Tradition featured talks on Southern music, literature, manners, history, religion, and economics and was well attended.

We have added over 100 primary documents on the Jeffersonian political tradition to the James McClellan Library and will soon be publishing another book through the Abbeville Institute Press.

We launched a podcast hosted by Brion McClanahan, “The Week in Review at the Abbeville Institute,” that discusses the articles on our website and important topics of the day as they pertain to the Southern Jeffersonian tradition.

If you like what you have seen, heard, and read over the past year, please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Abbeville Institute.  We exist on our generosity.  And if you have written something you think would contribute to our mission, send it along for consideration.  The new wave of political correctness is not just an assault on the South; it is an assault on the very fabric of American history and Western Civilization.

2015 was a great year for the Institute, but 2016 should be better, beginning with our February Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.  If you have not registered for that event, you can here.  Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our YouTube channel, join our email list (just submit your email address at the top of this page), and send our articles and content to your friends and family.  We look forward to your comradery and support in 2016.

About Brion McClanahan

Brion McClanahan is the author or co-author of six books, How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America (Regnery History, 2017), 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to Save Her (Regnery History, 2016), The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers, (Regnery, 2009), The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution (Regnery History, 2012), Forgotten Conservatives in American History (Pelican, 2012), and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes, (Regnery, 2012). He received a B.A. in History from Salisbury University in 1997 and an M.A. in History from the University of South Carolina in 1999. He finished his Ph.D. in History at the University of South Carolina in 2006, and had the privilege of being Clyde Wilson’s last doctoral student. He lives in Alabama with his wife and three daughters. More from Brion McClanahan

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2 thoughts on “2015 in Review

  1. Greetings from the former Soviet Union! I like to joke that America would have been better off under Gorbachev and the Communists (who let the states go be their own countries) than under Lincoln and the Republicans (who kept the States together by breaking things and killing people). We Russians understand the importance of decentralization.

    I remember last year you published the year’s top ten articles. What were they this year? I’d like to reread them all.

  2. Thank you for your support! American support for the secession of several former Soviet republics is one of the great ironies in U.S. history. Secession is tolerable as long as it is done somewhere else. The current situation in the Crimea has again displayed general American ignorance of the concept of self-determination.

    We will run the top ten tomorrow. Please share out material with your fellow compatriots.

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