Apr 13 2013

Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson

270 years ago today, on April 13, 1743, the most lied about man in American history was born.

The other day, in “honor” of the one year anniversary of the publication of the “least credible history book in print” — David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies – I decided to make the first installment of the seven-book (one debunking each chapter of Barton’s book) series I’m working on available as a FREE PDF.

My PDF giveaway, however, was kind of buried at the end of that post, so I’m posting it again today, this time in honor of a day that’s actually deserving of commemoration — Thomas Jefferson’s birthday (even though Jefferson made it clear that he didn’t want anybody commemorating his birthday).

So, everybody enjoy the free book, and please share with your friends (and enemies).


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    One of the youtube channels I follow is doing a year long series on US history. Coincidentally the newest one is on Thomas Jefferson. I was wondering what you thought about it. It doesn’t deify the man but shows him as a bit more complicated than my high school history class made him out to be.


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    Thank you for that link, Alverant. What a great series of videos! There goes my afternoon… :)

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    Just the afternoon dustbunny? ;)
    Before his US History series there’s a 9 part series about US literature and before that was World History.

    Then there’s his brother who did Biology, Ecology, and now Chemistry (Chemistry has the animation, the other two … well they’re interesting but dry since he’s just standing there talking.)

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    Thanks for the PDF. I heard so much about the book when it came out. From time to time I’ve thought about getting a copy to see if it could possibly be as bad as described.
    You have answered that question.

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    Chris Rodda

    @ Alverant … I just got a chance to watch the video and think it’s great. Lots of stuff that most people don’t know, and great presentation. I particularly loved the part about George Tucker. I knew who Tucker was, of course, but I’m sure that the overwhelming majority of people have no idea who he was, even though he was such a fascinating character. I’m going to watch more of these videos as soon as I get a chance. Thanks for posting about them!

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    Thank you for the free books and great scholarship, especially for some in hard times.

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