Is it peculiarly tragic or perhaps not-so-peculiarly tragic that Christopher Hitchens ends up an apologist for, among others, Karl Rove, latter-day practitioner of the peculiarly Southern version of smash-and-trash politics honed by his mentor Lee Atwater and other such worthies? I'm not sure if Tom Watson or Orestes Brownson is the best precursor for the arc.
What would Orestes Brownson do? interview by Joshua Glenn of Patrick W. Carey, Boston Globe, December 26, 2004
Why Orestes Brownson believed the U.S. needed the Church by Peter Lawler, Zenit, November 7, 2003
In the legal realm, Philip Hamburger’s massive and important study Separation of Church and State traces the roots of the Nativist critique of Catholicism in establishing the strict separationist view in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The adoption of this secularizing interpretation of the First Amendment by the overwhelming majority of contemporary legal scholars and judges has rendered most American Catholics today hostile to the view of religion advocated by Brownson—and, indeed, completely unaware that there might be a legitimate alternative to the prevailing American secularism.
Orestes Brownson and the Truth About America by Peter Augustine Lawler, First Things, December 2002
Political Atheism: Dred Scott, Roger Brooke Taney, and Orestes Brownson, by Dr. Patrick Carey, The Catholic Historical Review, April, 2002
Shaping Catholic Education, by Mark Sullivan: In new book, SOE's Power examines Orestes Brownson's impact on the Church in 19th century America, Boston College Chronicle, April 24, 1997
Brownson's Quest for Social Justice, by Edward Day, C.SS.R., The American Ecclesiastical Review, August 1954, at EWTN
That Sturdy but Erratic Reformer, Orestes Brownson, by Henry Steele Commager; review of Orestes A. Brownson, A Pilgrim's Progress, by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The New York Times, April 23, 1939
The Dial, from Magazines, Annuals, and Gift-books, 1783–1850, in Vol. XVI. Early National Literature, Part II; Later National Literature, Part I, The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21)