OPINION: Defending the Founders

A bicentennial is, of course, an appropriate time for a revisionist look at a nation's beginnings. Two recent books became bestsellers by taking just such a view, each portraying the revered Thomas Jefferson and George Washington in a new and unflattering light. Last week Virginius Dabney, a proud Virginian, historian and retired editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, came to the defense of the founding fathers in an outspoken Charter Day address at Virginia's venerable College of William and Mary. He sharply assailed Fawn Brodie, author of Thomas Jefferson, An Intimate History,...

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