Remembering Richard Weaver
Native Southerner and traditionalist conservative, Richard Weaver (1910-1963) was a unique figure in the rise of the modern American right. Weaver, a longtime professor at the University of Chicago, was an historian, literary critic, and rhetorician who despised the modern trend towards intellectual specialization. As an undergraduate, he embraced socialism after being convinced that the future was firmly on the side of “science, liberalism and equalitarianism.”
Jay Langdale is the author of Superfluous Southerners: Cultural Conservatism and the South. He teaches at St. David’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina.