Alan Pell Crawford

Alan Pell Crawford (born 1953) is an American author and journalist who, in his books and articles, has written the United States’ founding and the American conservative tradition. His most recent book, The Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson , a Washington Post bestseller, is the latest in the retirement of the nation’s third president and author of the Declaration of Independence . [1]

Political Thought

Crawford first came to national attention in 1977, with an article in The Nation , entitled “Richard Viguerie’s Bid for Power.” The first major investigative reporting on the self-described emerging “Richard Viguerie’s Bid for Power” was expanded in book form in “conservative movement.” “Thunder on the Right: The ‘New Right’ and the Politics of Resentment ,” Crawford’s first book, published in 1980. [2]

Although Crawford considers a conservative in the Burkean tradition, he has continued to write critically of the direction of American conservatism in articles in The Nation , The Los Angeles Times , The Washington Postand The Chicago Tribune , among others.

Historical Works

Crawford wrote his second book, a work of popular history about Nancy Randolph entitled “Unwise Passions: The True Story of a Remarkable Woman and the Great Scandal of Eighteenth-Century America,” published in 2000 States. His third book, “Twilight at Monticello,” published in 2008, also drew on primary sources to cast new light on the debt-ridden retirement of the Sage of Monticello. [3] The post-presidential years were also those in which Jefferson’s views on a range of important questions on the nature of constitutional government, on the institution of slavery and on the future of the American experiment in self-government-underwent significant changes .


“When Paul Weyrich Speaks, Listen Up Conservatives,” The Los Angeles Times , May 19, 1991.
“The High Road to the Whitehouse,” The Guardian , July 8, 2008.
“Uncouth, Unheeded,” The Wall Street Journal , September 22, 2008.
“Grave Matters,” The Wall Street Journal , October 27, 2009.


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