America, in so many ways, has forgotten: 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, to fit within a misshapen modern mold. The time has come to remember again.
In The Jefferson Lies, prominent historian David Barton sets out to correct the distorted image of once-beloved founding father Thomas Jefferson. To do so, Barton tackles seven myths head-on, including:
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 again is now.
©2012 David Barton (P)2012 Oasis
Barton used primary sources to back up his assertions. Upon further research of those sources- Barton nailed it. His critics both inside and outside of Amazon do not debunk this well foot-noted and accurate work. Read it yourself. If you have the time, research it yourself. In my opinion, you will come to one conclusion concerning Thomas Jefferson - He was indeed a brilliant Christian President. And another conclusions concerning the critics of this book - they are either ignorant of history, or willfully ignorant of primary source history.
In conclusion,some time during the last half of the past century, the history of Thomas Jefferson was stolen. Stolen, in my opinion, by "academicians" who during a more genteel time would have been labeled what the are - charlatans.
Historian David Barton had the nerve to write about Thomas Jefferson using primary historical sources and his book has been pulled from bookstores and the printing halted. Why? Interpretations of what Jefferson "really meant" in his actual writings have been passed from one lazy historian to another. Barton goes directly to written sources to disprove the popular lies that discredit Jefferson. As a result this extraordinary book has been banned. A shameful act in the United States.
I was somewhat hesitant about this book, both the audio and print version, essentially because of all the spin the associated with the founders, especially Jefferson, and their religion -- Christianity of some ilk. Surprisingly, at least to me, Barton handled extremely well all the my objections and even more than I had anticipated. The power of the book, as opposed to most current "source speculation," is that it uses Jefferson' actual writings for sources and context.
Furthermore I was introduced to "Scottish Common Sense Philosophy," which I had never heard of before, much different from the continental Enlightenment, and its influence on not just Jefferson but all the founders.
After completing the audio, I will be purchasing a print copy, so I can look discuss Jefferson in a more common sense fashion
One can not argue with original sourcing, can't hide truths either. Very revealing. Want the truth get this book.
For years, Jefferson was my least favorite of the well-known founding fathers. Now I know he is the least understood. I went in to this book as a skeptic and came out with Jefferson as one of my favorites in American history.
This book turned everything I'd ever learned about Jefferson up-side down. David Barton uses primary sources and puts Jefferson's words in context so we clearly see the lies we've been taught for decades. This book has opened my eyes to the study of history like no other -- and I read TONS of history. I'll never look at it the same way again. What book with Barton write next? I look forward to it.
Correcting progressive revisionist history, David Barton brings the truth of our founders life to light!
Yes! It is full of documentation that refutes the lies that have been told about Jefferson. I recommend the actual book as well for the purpose of doing one's own homework with the bibliography.
Audio is always better for me so that I can listen while driving or whatever else I'm doing.
The chapter on Jefferson's spiritual beliefs was wonderful. I really appreciated how this book put things into context and gave back story for many quotes.
Well written and performed. A must listen for those of us who seek truth.
Great information from source documents that shatters the lies about Thomas Jefferson. I highly recommend this book to ALL.
opened my eyes
Jefferson, of course. He truely was a visionary. He was logical, fair minded and grounded in God our Father.
the rebuking of the oft repeated myth that T.J. was secular because of a single line taken from a letter referring to the separation of church and state, and the reasoning behind it.
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