John Randolph of Roanoke—Roanoke being the name of his home in Charlotte County, Virginia—is unique in American political history. Only twenty-six when first elected to Congress in 1799, he readily became the most forceful figure at the Capitol. An incomparable orator, he was also, in the observation of Dumas Malone, "a merciless castigator of iniquity." For most of his John Randolph of Roanoke—Roanoke being the name of his home in Charlotte County, Virginia—is unique in American political history. Only twenty-six when first elected to Congress in 1799, he readily became the most forceful figure at the Capitol. An incomparable orator, he was also, in the observation of Dumas Malone, "a merciless castigator of iniquity." For most of his public career Randolph was a leader of the opposition—to both Jeffersonians and Federalists. He was, writes Russell Kirk, "devoted to state rights, the agricultural interest, economy in government, and freedom from foreign entanglements." Above all things Randolph cherished liberty, and he famously declared, "I love liberty; I hate equality. "This fourth edition incorporates the corrections and modest revisions provided by the author shortly before his death in 1994. Among the new material is a transcription of the first-hand account of Randolph's death that relates information long deemed apocryphal. The account is by Dr. Joseph Parrish, who was at Randolph's side when he died in 1833. Russell Kirk (1918–1994) was the author of some thirty books, including The Conservative Mind, and was one of the seminal political thinkers of the twentieth century. ...
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John Randolph of Roanoke: A Study in American Politics, With Selected Speeches and Letters Reviews
“Change is not reform” -John Randolph of RoanokeFew of our early political leaders possessed the wit and foresight of John Randolph of Roanoke. This is a volume that should be in any well-stocked library on American History and/or Political Theory. The appendices have enough content to keep the reader engrossed for a long while.
A true conservative! I will read more about John Randolph. John said, "I love liberty; I hate equality."It is said that he was a man who knew more of political philosophy than perhaps any leader of the House of Representatives before or since.
A young man from Virginia went to Congress and stood his ground for thirty years, standing up to Federalists, then his own party. He spoke out against corruption, the expansion of Federal powers, the embargo, the War of 1812, interference in foreign affairs, and change for change's sake. He fought a duel with Henry Clay, and eventually changed Calhoun's mind on the powers of the Federal government (but not slavery). Eventually he retired and was appointed ambassador to Russia. This despite poor health and bouts of insanity. At the beginning he was the leader of the House of Representatives, but refused to compromise his positions in order to keep power. When he died, he freed his slaves and directed that his plantations be sold to buy them farms.
John Randolph of Roanoke was perhaps the greatest orator in the history of the United States Congress. He was also a strange and fascinating, and an underappreciated figure in American history. Russell Kirk, in this his first book, gives us a fine sketch of the man and his philosophy.
I love Randolph himself, but Kirk tries to twist him into something he is not.