The American Cause explains in simple yet eloquent language the bedrock principles upon which America’s experiment in constitutional self-government is built. Russell Kirk, whose life and thought has recently been featured in C-SPAN’s acclaimed "American Writers" series—intended "this little book" to be an assertion of the moral and social principles upholding our nation. Kirk’s primer is an aid to reflection on those principles—political, economic, and religious—that have united Americans when faced with challenges and threats from the enemies of ordered freedom. In this new age of terrorism, Kirk’s lucid and straightforward presentation of the articles of American belief is both necessary and welcome. Gleaves Whitney’s newly edited version of Kirk’s work, combined with his insightful commentary, make The American Cause a timely addition to the literature of liberty.