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

by Thomas G. West

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In Vindicating the Founders, Thomas West demonstrates why the Founders were indeed sincere in their belief of universal human rights and in their commitment to democracy. In a straightforward style, West debunks numerous widely held myths about the Founders' political thought. He contrasts the Founders' ideas of liberty and equality with today's, concluding that contemporary notions of liberalism bear almost no resemblance to the concepts originally articulated by the Founders.… (more)
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The procedure is to cite the major arguments against the integrity and motives of the primary founders (fairly done, in view of my own historical reading), and then refute them point by point. ( )
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In Vindicating the Founders, Thomas West demonstrates why the Founders were indeed sincere in their belief of universal human rights and in their commitment to democracy. In a straightforward style, West debunks numerous widely held myths about the Founders' political thought. He contrasts the Founders' ideas of liberty and equality with today's, concluding that contemporary notions of liberalism bear almost no resemblance to the concepts originally articulated by the Founders.

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