Born in rather extreme poverty in 1918, but to a very intellectual mother, Russell Kirk became, arguably, the founder of post-WWII conservatism with the 1953 publication of his book, The Conservative Mind. From pagan Stoic to practicing Christian in the first forty-five years of his life, Kirk is endlessly fascinating and inspiring. He passed away in April 1994.
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Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies & Professor of History, Hillsdale College