That's Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming The Founding Fathers From America's Right Wing

September 18, 2012|
That's Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming The Founding Fathers From America's Right Wing by Michael Austin
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This book examines dozens of books, articles, speeches, and radio broadcasts by such figures as Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Larry Schweikart, and David Barton to expose the deep historical flaws in their use of America''s founding history. In contrast to their misleading method of citing proof texts to serve a narrow agenda, Austin allows the Founding Fathers to speak for themselves, situating all quotations in the proper historical context. What emerges is a true historical picture of men who often disagreed with one another on such crucial issues as federal power, judicial review, and the separation of church and state. As Austin shows, the real legacy of the Founding Fathers to us is a political process: a system of disagreement, debate, and compromise that has kept democracy vibrant in America for more than two hundred years. Austin''s carefully researched and rigorously arguedbook is essential reading for anyone seeking the accurate historical background to many of the today''s hot-button political debates.
Michael Austin(Wichita, KS) is the author or editor of six books, includingReading the World: Ideas That Matter. He is provost, vice president for Academic Affairs, and professor of English at Newman University.
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Title:That's Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming The Founding Fathers From America's Right Wing
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:258 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:258 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Published:September 18, 2012
Publisher:Prometheus
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781616146702

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