Glenn Beck: “Liberal Bastards” Had David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies Pulled from Shelves

Even though the book has been available on Amazon for over two weeks, yesterday was the official release of the second edition of The Jefferson Lies by David Barton. To promote the book, Glenn Beck was in typical hyperbolic mode throughout the day on his network. I caught some of the radio segment and watched Barton's appearance on Beck's afternoon television show. Prior to Barton's television appearance, Beck introduced the segment by trashing me as a leftist psychology professor.Earlier on … [Read more...]

A Challenge to WND and David Barton on Thomas Jefferson and Slavery

Late last night, World Net Daily published another "exclusive" promo piece for David Barton's The Jefferson Lies. This one focuses on Thomas Jefferson's relationship to his slaves and repeats Barton's overconfident denial that Jefferson fathered any of Sally Heming's children. We did not take up that claim in Getting Jefferson Right because there is no way to know for sure what happened.However, the unknown author of the WND article then comes after me (and my co-author Michael Coulter … [Read more...]

No, David Barton, I Did Not Recruit Jay Richards

Although World Net Daily lists January 12 as the release date for the second edition of David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies, it is now available on Amazon. I ordered the Kindle version and found a serious flaw within minutes of reading Barton's response to our book Getting Jefferson Right.Barton claims that I recruited Jay Richards to in turn recruit Christian historians to begin a campaign against Barton. That claim is not true. After reading Getting Jefferson Right, Richards approached … [Read more...]

New Endorsement of Getting Jefferson Right – John D. Wilsey

In his second edition of The Jefferson Lies, David Barton provides a lengthy critique of our work in Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President. We intend to use that material in our own second edition which I hope to publish sometime in 2016. In response to Barton's new edition, I am going to publish some additional endorsements for Getting Jefferson Right by historians and other scholars.  Today, historian and theologian Dr. John D. Wilsey weighs in: In Getting J … [Read more...]

WND Markets The Jefferson Lies

Some readers will see what I did there with the title of this post.WND is rolling out pre-launch publicity for David Barton's The Jefferson Lies, including a new website and a trailer. Watch:The new website features endorsements for the new book. I wonder if they have any idea what they are endorsing. Only one teaches history (John Swails, Oral Roberts University). I wonder if Swails was a professor at ORU when Barton played D-1 basketball there (I mean, didn't play basketball … [Read more...]

World Net Daily and David Barton Claim Political Correctness Doomed The Jefferson Lies

On Friday of last week, World Net Daily published something called "Anatomy Of An American Book Banning." Believe it or not, World Net Daily and David Barton are hoping to convince readers that Barton's book was pulled from publication due to political correctness. The subtitle of the article is: How New York Times bestseller was resurrected after falling casualty to political correctness. Joseph Farah and Barton deserve each other; both engage in historical revisionism. Farah says at the end … [Read more...]

World Net Daily to Publish New Edition of David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies

First, he said Simon & Schuster was going to publish it. They declined.Today, World Net Daily announced plans to publish a new edition in 2016.I am looking forward to learning the identity of the "academic endorsements." Why not just post them now on the WND page promoting the book?Michael and I are up for another round. We have a few academic endorsements of our own. Setting the Record Straight on Thomas JeffersonHistorian David Barton responds to his … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: Why July 2 Could Have Been Independence Day

Thomas Jefferson wanted the fact that he authored the Declaration of Independence on his tombstone. Even though his work was edited, he is credited with the authorship. The favorable vote for independence was conducted by Congress on July 2, 1776. According to the National Archives website: Independence Day Should Have Been July 2 –July 2, 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence. John Adams, in his writings, even noted that July 2 would be remembered in the … [Read more...]