World Net Daily to Publish New Edition of David Barton's The Jefferson Lies

First, he said Simon & Schuster was going to publish it. They declined. Today, World Net Daily announced plans to publish a new edition in 2016. I am looking forward to learning the identity of the “academic endorsements.” Why not just post them now on the WND page promoting the book? Michael and I are … Continue reading “World Net Daily to Publish New Edition of David Barton's The Jefferson Lies”

On July 4, 1826, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Died – Happy Independence Day 2019!

With slight editing, this post is reprinted from prior posts on Independence Day. In 2015, it was the culmination of my Daily Jefferson series. Happy Independence Day! In addition to being Independence Day, this is the day that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. On this day in 1826, … Continue reading “On July 4, 1826, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Died – Happy Independence Day 2019!”

David Barton Misleads Ben Shapiro on the Jefferson Bible

David Barton spent an hour or so with Ben Shapiro on The Daily Wire recently and one of the topics was The Jefferson Bible. As Barton likes to say dramatically, Jefferson edited the gospels twice in his life. One of those versions we have today which is often called the Jefferson Bible. However, as Jefferson … Continue reading “David Barton Misleads Ben Shapiro on the Jefferson Bible”

On July 4, 1826, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Died – Happy Independence Day

With slight editing, this post is reprinted from prior posts on Independence Day. In 2015, it was the culmination of my Daily Jefferson series. Happy Independence Day! In addition to being Independence Day, this is the day that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. On this day in 1826, … Continue reading “On July 4, 1826, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Died – Happy Independence Day”

Happy Birthday to Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13 1743 at Shadwell, Virginia. In honor of our third president, I can suggest a worthy gift for anyone given in his name. Written mostly to debunk self-styled historian and Christian nationalist David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies, our book Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President stands … Continue reading “Happy Birthday to Thomas Jefferson”

Virginia Law Allowed Thomas Jefferson to Free His Slaves

There he goes again. Nearing the anniversary of the largest pre-Civil War slave emancipation in U.S. history, David Barton is again claiming that Thomas Jefferson could not free his slaves because Virginia law did not allow it. He made the claim this week in a WorldNetDaily article out on Tuesday. Barton said: “They [Louisiana Democrats] … Continue reading “Virginia Law Allowed Thomas Jefferson to Free His Slaves”

How to Use Bad Situations to Teach Good Lessons – David Barton's The Jefferson Lies in Foundations of History

Most of my professor colleagues use negative events in the news to teach various lessons. For instance, I have used Mark Driscoll’s plagiarism to teach my students about plagiarism. I feel sure many profs have used Monica Crowley’s plagiarism to teach about that subject. I also refer to David Barton’s faux doctorate to help my … Continue reading “How to Use Bad Situations to Teach Good Lessons – David Barton's The Jefferson Lies in Foundations of History”

Thomas Jefferson on the Importance of a Free Press (UPDATED with Trump’s Jefferson Quote)

Yesterday, President Donald Trump called the media (singling out the New York Times, CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC) the “enemy of the American people.” The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 Trump’s … Continue reading “Thomas Jefferson on the Importance of a Free Press (UPDATED with Trump’s Jefferson Quote)”

Eric Metaxas, You Know the Constitutional Convention Didn't Have Daily Prayers, Right?

In his new book, Eric Metaxas features the June 28, 1787 motion for daily prayer made by Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention. Earlier today, he tweeted out this message with a link to an excerpt of his book, If You Can Keep It.  Did they teach you this in school? Ben Franklin exhorted the … Continue reading “Eric Metaxas, You Know the Constitutional Convention Didn't Have Daily Prayers, Right?”

On July 4, 1826, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Died – Happy Independence Day!

With slight editing, this post is reprinted from prior posts on Independence Day. Last year it was the culmination of my Daily Jefferson series. Happy Independence Day! In addition to being Independence Day, this is the day that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. On this day in 1826, … Continue reading “On July 4, 1826, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Died – Happy Independence Day!”