By David Barton

The American public used to be approximately disadvantaged of the chance to learn this ebook.

In 2012 renowned historian David Barton got down to right what he observed because the distorted photograph of a once-beloved Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, in what turned a brand new York instances best-selling ebook, The Jefferson Lies.

Despite the wildly well known luck of the unique hardcover version, or maybe due to it, a crusade to discredit Barton s scholarship used to be introduced by way of bloggers and a handful of non-historian teachers.

What occurred subsequent was once surprising almost extraordinary in glossy American publishing heritage. less than siege from critics, the writer spiked the booklet and recalled it from the retail cabinets from coast to coast. The Jefferson Lies is therefore a heritage e-book that made historical past changing into most likely the 1st e-book of its type to be victimized by means of the scourge of political correctness.

But greater than 3 years later, it s again as an up-to-date paperback version within which Barton units the list instantly and takes at the critics who savaged his paintings.

And that s simply a part of the tale. Why did this booklet spark rather a lot controversy?

It may perhaps purely occur in an the USA that has forgotten its earlier. Its roots, its goal, its identification all became shrouded at the back of a veil of political correctness bent on twisting the nation's founding, and its Founders, past reputation.

The time has come to recollect back.

This new paperback variation of The Jefferson Lies re-documents Barton's study and conclusions as sound and his premises actual. It tackles seven myths approximately Thomas Jefferson head-on, and solutions urgent questions on this remarkable statesman together with:

Did Thomas Jefferson relatively have a toddler by way of his younger slave lady, Sally Hemings?
Did he write his personal Bible, except the components of Christianity with which he disagreed?
was once he a racist who adversarial civil rights and equality for black Americans?
Did he, in his pursuit of separation of church and country, suggest the secularizing of public life?

Through Jefferson's personal phrases and the eyewitness testimony of contemporaries, Barton repaints a portrait of the fellow from Monticello as a visionary, an innovator, a guy who respected Jesus, a classical Renaissance guy, and a guy whose pioneering stand for liberty and God-given inalienable rights fostered a greater global for this state and its posterity. For the United States, the time to recollect those truths is now.

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