August 31, 2014 By Sara Georgini in The Week in Early American History Tags: academia, Alexander Hamilton, church history, Constitution, economic history, federalist papers, ferguson, Founders, Maritime history, New Orleans, New York, New York history, photography, rediker, religious history, Tea Party, Thomas Jefferson
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Following the recent election, much has been made of the alternative reality created by the “conservative entertainment complex.” However, conservative media has not only created its own contemporary reality; it has also created its own historical reality, through what one might call the historical wing of the conservative entertainment complex.
In recent years, men like David Barton, Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck, among numerous others, have written a number of books on eighteenth-century figures and events. But though they claim to be getting their principles directly from “the founders,” what they are really doing is giving their principles to the founders and the eighteenth century, more generally. This revisionism, promoted by conservative think tanks, was lapped up by hardcore conservatives and perhaps no group of people has been a more receptive audience than those who identify themselves as supporters of the Tea Party. Continue reading