In His New Book, Eric Metaxas Whitewashes George Whitefield on Slavery

In his new book If You Can Keep It, Eric Metaxas provides an overview of early American history in order to remind us what is special about America. In the process, he provides a pithy formula for national success, but he makes significant historical errors and glosses over important facts. One such fact is the involvement of evangelist George Whitefield in introducing slavery to Georgia.In his chapter on Whitefield (which appears to be summarized without attribution from Thomas Kidd's … [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...]

Rod Dreher on Doug Wilson’s Scandal in Moscow

UPDATE: Doug Wilson has responded to Dreher's article at American Conservative. Dreher then provides a helpful analysis. In response to several requests, I have been researching Christ Church in Moscow, ID. As time permits, I have read blogs, court docs, and emails from concerned brothers and sisters about the church pastored by Doug Wilson. Most of what I have reviewed has been extremely disturbing.With the publication of an article by Rod Dreher today, I may not need to do … [Read more...]

David Barton Tells Half-Truth to the Wall Street Journal

David Barton just can't stop it.In a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, Barton says his book, The Jefferson Lies, is "upcoming." He also falsely says that Virginia state law prohibited Jefferson from emancipating his slaves.On July 2, Fergus Bordewich wrote a review of two books on Thomas Jefferson. At least one of the books mentioned David Barton by name as an example of an author who elevated Jefferson to counterfactual heights.  Barton was offended and so the WSJ allowed … [Read more...]

Was Tony Evans Right About the Stronger Slave Family?

On his Facebook page,* The King's College professor Anthony Bradley, keeps this issue alive by asserting that Tony Evans was right to say that African-American families were "a lot stronger" during slavery than now. Although he didn't break much new ground, Evans later clarified his remarks.Bradley referred to an excellent book by Herbert Guzman and said: Here's the deal. Tony Evans was largely correct. The black family was stronger during slavery *and* Reconstruction. It's simply not true … [Read more...]

Tony Evans Clarifies Statement About Stronger African-American Families During Slavery

About two hours ago, I received this statement apparently in response to the Christian Post article about Evans' statements about slave families. The CP article triggered a post from me on the subject. Evans' statement:I never had or expressed a doubt that Evans condemned slavery or racism.I offered my view in my post on the subject, linked to his full remarks in that post, and I am glad that Evans extended his remarks on the subject. Even though we don't see this issue the same way, I … [Read more...]

Dear David Barton: Virginia Law Allowed Manumission of Slaves After 1782

In his pulled-from-publication book, The Jefferson Lies, David Barton took the position that Virginia law did not allow Thomas Jefferson to free his slaves. In our book on Jefferson, Getting Jefferson Right, Michael Coulter and I demonstrated that slave owners were allowed to manumit (free) slaves after Virginia lawmakers passed the 1782 Law on Manumission. However, Barton keeps spreading the misinformation.In February, Barton told Charis Bible College students George Mason was not allowed to … [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron vs. Paul Finkelman on Jefferson and Slavery

Although Kirk Cameron cites none of his own research, he refers approvingly to an article by Stephen McDowell (Providence Institute) which is hosted on the Wallbuilders website about the Founders and slavery. McDowell refers to Thomas Jefferson but does not give the whole picture. Historian Paul Finkelman in the NY Times accentuates the negative but reports Jefferson's racist views and his active involvement in owning slaves much more accurately.As we document in Getting Jefferson Right, J … [Read more...]