05 June 2011

Kent Masterson Brown & The Tea Party

Most students of the WBTS are familiar with the work of Kent Masterson Brown. A graduate of Washington & Lee University and a successful attorney, Brown is also an accomplished historian:

Mr. Brown was the creator and first editor of the magazine, The Civil War. He is the author of several books, including, Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander, Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1993 (a History Book Club selection and recipient of the Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Historical Society) and The Civil War in Kentucky: Battle for the Bluegrass State, Mason City: Savas, 2000. He reissued and re-illustrated A.D. Kirwan’s Johnny Green of the Orphan Brigade through the University Press of Kentucky in 2002; it was recipient of the Basil W. Duke Award for the best reprint of the year. Mr. Brown’s most recent book, Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics and the Pennsylvania Campaign, was released in April of 2005 by the University of North Carolina Press and has received rave reviews. It is a selection of the History Book Club and Military Book Club and has been awarded the 2005 Bachelder-Coddington Award, the 2005 United States Army Historical Foundation Award for Distinguished Writing in History and the 2005 Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Prize. He has written numerous articles for scholarly historical journals, and regularly leads Civil War battlefield tours. Mr. Brown is a highly-sought-after speaker, and he lectures on Civil War history all across the nation. Twice a year, Mr. Brown conducts walking tours of Civil War battlefields.
I've had the pleasure of hearing him speak several times. His talks are as informative as they are entertaining. Brown has another interesting aspect - he's an avid supporter of the Tea Party. As Michael Aubrecht and I continue to debate his criticisms of the TP, Michael has suggested the TP is made up solely of Bubbas, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachmann. Not quite. Take a few minutes and listen to an excerpt from Mr. Brown's speech in Richmond, KY at a Tea Party rally couple of years ago. More on this topic in the days to come.


Anonymous said...

So it sounds like he is calling for the community to organize and get things done...that's odd...why would neo-conservatives want to go and do what they complain Obama is anyway?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon - please make an attempt to rise above junior high debate tactics. I don't believe Brown is a neo-conservative. The TP is a diverse group of individuals and many NC's have distanced themselves from the TP. Your comment reveals little else other than your lack of knowledge.

There is nothing wrong w/community organizing, generically. But one needs a bit more experience than that to be President of the United States. Obama would be better classified as a European-style socialist revolutionary in a Wall Street suit.

Thomas said...

Excellent. Nothing quite like "reality based" history instead of "agitprop" screeds.
I love nullification. I'm also for a fully informed jury amendment. How many heinous laws do you think would be struck down if juries were allowed to exercise their Constitutional rights? Instead, they are instructed on "how" to interpret laws. We'd have less legislation from the bench (a Tea Party plank)and more liberty.