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American Scripture by Pauline Maier
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Feb 22, 12

Read from February 13 to 22, 2012

Of all the things to criticize Thomas Jefferson for, pride of authorship seems to be the most heinous attrocity for Maier. Difficult to understand why she hates TJ and the Declaration of Independence so much. Her introduction includes a story about her smug satisfaction of knowing more about Revolutionary history than a 10-year-old in front of her in line at the National Archives, and this bitterness overwhelms the whole book. It ends with her complaining that Abraham Lincoln shouldn't have used the Declaration of Independence in his argument to end slavery. Wha?!? Maier provides excellent insight on the lead up to the Declaration, but the continual snark and bias against TJ and the document itself can make it a frustrating read.
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