Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America

By Thomas G West, Thomas G West
It is commonly, but incorrectly, asserted that because Washington and Jefferson owned slaves, because women, even after the American Revolution, enjoyed virtually no rights, and because the poor and those without property were denied the basic tenets of democratic participation, the Founders were frauds who never really believed that "all men were created equal." West demonstrates why such politically correct interpretations are not only dead wrong, but dangerous. Because our understanding of the Founders so profoundly influences our opinion of contemporary America, this book explains why their views, and particularly the constitutional order they created, are still worthy of our highest respect. West proves that the Founders were indeed sincere in their belief of universal human rights and in their commitment to democracy. By contrasting the Founders' ideas of liberty and equality with today's, West persuasively concludes that contemporary notions bear almost no resemblance to the concepts originally articulated by the Founders.

A pathbreaking book. The American people finally have a definitive answer to the distortions about the founding that liberals have been pouring into the American mind since the 1960s. I recommend this book heartily. It belongs on every bookshelf and in every classroom in America.--Rush Limbaugh
West has written a powerful vindication of our common civic faith.--Daniel J. Mahoney, Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship, Assumption College "The American Enterprise "


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Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish date 11/28/2000
Pages 240
ISBN-13 9780847685172
ISBN-10 0847685179
Language English

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