The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson
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The American public was nearly deprived of the opportunity to read this book.
In 2012 popular historian David Barton set out to correct what he saw as the distorted image of a once-beloved Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, in what became a New York Times best-selling book, The Jefferson Lies.
Despite the wildly popular success of the original hardcover edition, or perhaps because of it, a campaign to discredit Barton s scholarship was launched by bloggers and a handful of non-historian academics.
What happened next was shocking virtually unprecedented in modern American publishing history. Under siege from critics, the publisher spiked the book and recalled it from the retail shelves from coast to coast. The Jefferson Lies is thus a history book that made history becoming possibly the first book of its kind to be victimized by the scourge of political correctness.
But more than three years later, it s back as an updated paperback edition in which Barton sets the record straight and takes on the critics who savaged his work.
And that s just part of the story. Why did this book spark so much controversy?
It could only happen in an America that has forgotten its past. Its roots, its purpose, its identity all have become shrouded behind a veil of political correctness bent on twisting the nation's founding, and its Founders, beyond recognition.
The time has come to remember again.
This new paperback edition of The Jefferson Lies re-documents Barton's research and conclusions as sound and his premises true. It tackles seven myths about Thomas Jefferson head-on, and answers pressing questions about this incredible statesman including:
Did Thomas Jefferson really have a child by his young slave girl, Sally Hemings?
Did he write his own Bible, excluding the parts of Christianity with which he disagreed?
Was he a racist who opposed civil rights and equality for black Americans?
Did he, in his pursuit of separation of church and state, advocate the secularizing of public life?
Through Jefferson's own words and the eyewitness testimony of contemporaries, Barton repaints a portrait of the man from Monticello as a visionary, an innovator, a man who revered Jesus, a classical Renaissance man, and a man whose pioneering stand for liberty and God-given inalienable rights fostered a better world for this nation and its posterity. For America, the time to remember these truths is now.
weakened this source. The strongest evidence in this category had long been the two-century-old charge that Jefferson had fathered Thomas Woodson, but the DNA findings were conclusive that no Jefferson—not any of the twenty-six Jefferson males—had fathered Woodson. That original test was later repeated by Dr. Foster with the same results.47 Consequently, that oral tradition is now authoritatively disproved. (Incidentally, DNA testing has been conducted on descendants from two of Hemings’ five
insist on converting it into a supposed Jefferson attack against the Bible and the supernatural. But the 1820 work, like the 1804 one before it, contained numerous passages on the miraculous and the supernatural, including Jesus’ teachings about: • healing on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:10–12; John 7:23) • Hell (Luke 12:4–5; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 13:37–41, 50; Matthew 23:33; Matthew 5:29–30; Matthew 18:8–9; Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:23) • Heaven (Luke 16:22–30; Matthew 19:16–26; Matthew 25:34;
important in all regions of early America, but as Jefferson noted, there was indeed a clear difference in the way it was practiced in Federalist and Anti-Federalist regions. In the more populated North, churches abounded and participation was convenient; citizens were therefore frequent and regular in their attendance. John Adams, like so many others in New England, described himself as a “church-going animal.”7 The pastors of New England had frequent contact with their parishioners throughout
decorum].31 Jefferson’s grandson, Thomas, affirmed that his grandfather was “soft and feminine in his affections to his family; he entered into and sympathized with all their feelings, winning them to paths of virtue by the soothing gentleness of his manner.”32 Jefferson also had a genuine sense of humor and would offer tongue-in-cheek comments that his grandchildren described as playful or “sportive.”33 Some targets for humor never seem to change, such as lawyers and doctors, and according to
“Particularism,” Merriam-Webster, accessed October 24, 2011, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/particularism?show=0&t=1308259578. 47. Isaac Kramnick and Laurence Moore, The Godless Constitution (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1996), 12, 22, 27 passim. 48. See Ross Anderson, “ACLU President Says Organization Is Not Anti-Religion.” University Wire, 2006, HighBeam Research, accessed November 14, 2011, http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-119656688.html; Jill Goetz, “Authors Argue the