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That's Not What They Meant! by Michael Austin

That’s Not What They Meant!

  • Paperback $19.00

    Sep 18, 2012 | 253 Pages

  • Ebook $12.99

    Oct 09, 2012

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“Tired of people bellowing at you about the Founding Fathers? Then read Michael Austin’s quiet, good-humored, thought-provoking book. . . . A welcome breath of fresh air about a stale subject, it also captures the most important truth about the Founding Fathers – they disagreed with one another, eloquently and even bitterly, about what America should be and about how we should govern ourselves.”
– R. B. BERNSTEIN, Distinguished adjunct professor of law, New York Law School, and author of The Founding Fathers Reconsidered


“A long-overdue critique of partisan distortions of America’s Founding Fathers. Austin takes both the Right and the Left to task, but he especially castigates the Far Right for cherry-picking (or proof texting) various Founders’ statements and then attributing their sentiments to the Founding Fathers as a whole, as if the Founders were a homogenous group of men who agreed on everything. . . .A must-read for anyone who wants an objective exploration of the American political and constitutional system.”
– DAVID CONTOSTA, Professor of history, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, and author of Rebel Giants


“Provides a much-needed corrective to some of the craziness being promoted by right-wing extremists these days in the name of the Founding Fathers. . . . The real legacy of those Fathers? A political system. In Austin’s words, it’s ‘a system of disagreement, debate, and compromise…that has kept democracy vibrant in America for more than two hundred years.'”
– DAVIS D. JOYCE, Professor emeritus of history, East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma, and author of Howard Zinn

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