Bradley J. Birzer

By Bradley J. Birzer on August 10, 2009

On the last Thursday morning in July, I stood on the Lexington green with my beautiful and sagacious wife, my five very active and somewhat mischievous children, the talented Ben Cohen (acting as Paul Revere; and who also turned out to be a supporter of Hillsdale College), the vivacious Malana Salyer of Gary Gregg’s McConnell Center, and roughly twenty-seven teachers from Kentucky.

As “Paul Revere” described the battle on the commons that morning—the Lexingtonians greatly outnumbered by the advancing British—I felt immensely humbled.


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Bradley J. Birzer
Bradley J. Birzer

Bradley J. Birzer holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History and is Director of the American Studies Program at Hillsdale College, Michigan. He earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (1990) and his Ph.D. from Indiana University (1999). He is author of American Cicero: Charles Carroll and the American Founding (forthcoming, February 2010); The Shattering of the Republic: Abraham Lincoln and the Crisis of Fort Sumter (forthcoming); Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson (2007), J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth (2003), co-editor of The American Democrat and Other Political Writings by James Fenimore Cooper (2000), and co-author of The American West (2002). Birzer is Chairman of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Center for the American Idea in Houston; a Fellow with the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville; and a board member of Ave Maria University's Sapientia Press and of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He and his wife, Dedra, have six children: Nathaniel, Gretchen, Maria Grace; Harold Kenneth; Cecilia Rose (†); and John Augustine.