Did we parrot our professors to write Getting Jefferson Right?

Yesterday, on his Wallbuilder's radio show, David Barton took another swipe at Getting Jefferson Right. More precisely, he said:The book we recently did on the Jefferson Lies, there's two professors who came out with a book rebutting it before I'd even released the book! We don't have to read this stuff, we know it all false.I know of no other book by two professors which rebuts The Jefferson Lies, so I am pretty sure he is referring to our book. As RightWingWatch blogger Kyle Mantyla points … [Read more...]

Did we refer to original sources in Getting Jefferson Right?

Of course we did. I have referred to the original table of texts used by Jefferson on this blog to point out where David Barton incorrectly added some miracles to his account of the Jefferson Bible. They are also in Getting Jefferson Right.I pointed out here and we provided in the book the subscriber's lists proving that Jefferson was not one of a few founders who financed the first hot-pressed Bible in the United States. He subscribed to it, as did over 1200 other people.We quote the e … [Read more...]

Dear Thomas Nelson: How many reviews will it take?

Last week, InterVarsity Press stopped printing a new book on the Reformation due to a negative review of the book by Reformation scholar, Carl Trueman.  The book pulled was by G.R. Evans and titled The Roots of the Reformation. Trueman uncovered multiple errors of fact and other misleading statements in the book which led IVP to make a decision to take the following action:Therefore, as of the beginning of June, IVP has taken The Roots of the Reformation out of print and will no longer be sh … [Read more...]

David Barton’s whitewash of Thomas Jefferson as a slave owner

In Getting Jefferson Right, we examine David Barton's claims about Thomas Jefferson's role as a slave owner and supporter of emancipation for slaves. Jefferson did make several efforts toward emancipation and spoke about the evils of slavery. However, there is another side to Jefferson as a slave owner that Barton whitewashes in The Jefferson Lies.In the book we examine three main questions: could Jefferson have freed his slaves under Virginia law? Was Jefferson merely a passive slave owner? … [Read more...]

Getting Jefferson Right at Religion Dispatches

Today, Religion Dispatches published a review of Getting Jefferson Right by history professor Paul Harvey. Harvey is also blogmeister at Religion in American History blog.While Harvey is skeptical that our book will change many minds of those committed to Barton's faux history, I see it differently. I am encouraged that exposure of these issues will make some difference. … [Read more...]

Getting Jefferson Right on WORD-FM today

I will be on the Pittsburgh station, WORD-FM at 5:10pm to discuss The Jefferson Lies and Getting Jefferson Right.You can listen live by clicking the player at the top of the page...Have you gotten your copy of Getting Jefferson Right yet? … [Read more...]

Getting Jefferson Right in Salon today

Salon today posted my article on David Barton and a brief look at the falsehoods in Barton's book, The Jefferson Lies.One claim I haven't spent much time on until lately is Barton's claim that Thomas Jefferson could not emancipate his slaves due to restrictions in VA law. Barton says in The Jefferson Lies that Jefferson could not have emancipated his slaves and blamed Virginia law. As I point out in the article and we point out in the book, that is a false claim.Thanks to John Fea at … [Read more...]

UK Guardian cites Getting Jefferson Right

One the UK's leading news sources, The Guardian, has a mention of our eBook, Getting Jefferson Right in a column yesterday on Texas' War on History.Columnist Katherine Stewart wrote:Barton recently came out with another piece of propaganda, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson. To their credit, a pair of professors who identify themselves as conservative Christians, Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter, have stepped forward to debunk … [Read more...]


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