Second Edition of Getting Jefferson Right to be Released November 1, Pre-Order Now on Amazon
— Aaron Cowan, historian
GROVE CITY, PA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, October 24, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the second edition of Getting Jefferson Right: Fact-Checking Claims About Thomas Jefferson. This work critically examines the revisionist history of Christian nationalist writers and offers a rigorous and evidence-based analysis of claims about Thomas Jefferson’s life and legacy.
Amid growing concerns about the distortion of historical facts, Getting Jefferson Right provides a pathway through misinformation about Jefferson. This updated edition scrutinizes the claims made by Christian nationalist authors such as David Barton and Stephen Wolfe regarding Jefferson’s beliefs, actions, and contributions to the founding of the United States. Jefferson is particularly relevant to Christian nationalism because he championed freedom of conscience with the concept of a “wall of separation” between church and state.
The first edition of Getting Jefferson Right exposed many factual concerns in David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies. Shortly after Getting Jefferson Right was published, The Jefferson Lies was pulled from publication by Christian publisher Thomas Nelson in 2012. The Jefferson Lies is back out in a revised edition and Throckmorton and Coulter have responded to it and other faulty claims about Jefferson with this new edition of Getting Jefferson Right.
Key highlights of the second edition include:
Thorough Examination: The book thoroughly examines Jefferson’s positions on issues such as religion, separation of church and state, slavery, and the Bible. Did Jefferson really mean for church and state to be separate?
Authoritative Research: Throckmorton and Coulter draw upon extensive primary sources, including Jefferson’s own writings and historical records, to substantiate the claims made in the book, ensuring that readers have access to reliable and verifiable information.
Timely Relevance: Getting Jefferson Right underscores the importance of historical accuracy in shaping public discourse and public history.
About Getting Jefferson Right, historian Paul Matzko said, “This timely second edition of Getting Jefferson Right addresses a new wave of alt-Right Christian nationalists who get Jefferson wrong by downplaying his secular contribution to the rise of religious freedom in America. Yet again, Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter separate Jefferson fact from fiction in an eminently readable book that belongs on the shelf of any serious student of early American history.”
Slippery Rock University history professor Aaron Cowan added, “As a historian, reading Getting Jefferson Right consistently elicits in me a dual response: the first is a deep appreciation for the careful, objective and thorough scholarship of Coulter and Throckmorton; the second is incredulous outrage at the numerous historical distortions and outright falsehoods they labor to debunk. Based in a thorough and careful analysis of primary sources in their full context, Getting Jefferson Right is an essential volume for understanding Jefferson in all his complexity, and a robust defense of historical truth against the propagandists who twist the past to serve their agenda.”
The second edition of Getting Jefferson Right will be available November 1, 2023 in paperback on Amazon; the Kindle version can be pre-ordered now.
For more information about the book and the authors, visit www.gettingjeffersonright.com.
About the Authors:
Warren Throckmorton, PhD recently retired from Grove City College where he was a Professor of Psychology for 29 years. He is the co-author (with Mark Yarhouse) of the “Sexual Identity Therapy Framework” (sitframework.com). He blogs regularly at warrrenthrockmorton.substack.com.
Michael Coulter, PhD, is Professor of Humanities and Political Science at Grove City College and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy.