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.
Separate, 172 Barger, Herbert, 10 Barlow, Joel, Jefferson letter to, 98–99 Barrow, David, 91 Jefferson correspondence with, 106–107 Bausman, John, 158 Beliles, Mark, 64–65, 73, 155 on Jefferson’s anticlericalism, 158 Bennet, William, 71 bias, 201 from exclusion, 200 Bible emphasis on Gospels over other parts, 179–182 as gifts from Jefferson, 68 Jefferson and, 194 Jefferson’s advice to Carr, 62 Jefferson’s help with printing finance, 68, 194 Jefferson’s ownership, 69 separation
be equipped to read and study the “earliest and most respected authorities of the faith of every sect [denomination].”90 Jefferson also wanted the writings of prominent Christian authorities to be placed in the university library. In August 1824 he asked Visitor (or regent) James Madison to prepare a list of Christian theological writings to be included on its shelves.91 Madison returned his recommendations to Jefferson, which included the early works of the Alexandrian Church Fathers, such as
weapons but the gentle, the powerful ones of argument and truth. Revelation will be found to stand the test to the ten-thousandth examination.113 Jefferson, by telling his nephew Peter to “question with boldness even the existence of a God,” was doing exactly what the leading theologians and educators of his day similarly encouraged. Yet, for making the same recommendation made by prominent religious leaders, Jefferson is somehow proved today to be an antireligious secularist? Ridiculous.
explaining: I had not supposed there was a family in this State not possessing a Bible. . . . I therefore enclose you cheerfully an order . . . for the purposes of the Society.11 Furthermore, in 1798 Jefferson personally helped finance the printing of one of America’s groundbreaking editions of the Bible.12 That Bible was a massive, two-volume folio set that was not only the largest Bible ever published in America to that time, but it was also America’s first hot-pressed Bible.13 President John
noted that the Old Testament position of “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” was quite different from the system Jesus brought.50 He also disagreed with Old Testament theology “which supposes the God of infinite justice to punish the sins of the fathers upon their children, unto the 3rd and 4th generations.”51 In short, in late life, Jefferson, just like the ministers in Christian Primitivism, focused almost solely on the Gospels, criticizing both the Epistles and the Old Testament.