Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Left's David Barton

Howard Zinn apparently has a new rival and his name is Henry Wiencek. See John Fea here and here.

For the record, I like Thomas Jefferson a lot, mainly for his ideas and ideals. I recognize the man was flawed and don't believe in whitewashing history. The way I understand Jefferson and slavery: According to his ideals, Jefferson was against slavery. The law did not, as David Barton intimates, prevent Jefferson from freeing his slaves. The bottom line is Jefferson got himself into trouble with his spendthrift ways and THAT'S why he didn't end up freeing his slaves.

[James Wilson, btw, had some serious issues with debt as well.]


Joshua Horn said...

As did even George Washington

bpabbott said...

George Washington was a debtor?

I can't find any reference to that. I did find a reference claiming him to be the richest of all US Presidents

Joshua Horn said...

For most of his life he was deeply in debt. D. S. Freeman discusses this extensively in his 7 volume book on Washington.