20 March 2009

Speaking Of Poor History

This is an old story, but it's amazing how academics will criticize and impugn Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo's work on Lincoln, while giving Doris Kearns Goodwin a pass. Once again, this is a teachable moment. Observe and learn. Goodwin plays the court historian while DiLorenzo challenges the high priests of orthodoxy. Amazing.

Character above all? How do they post that with a straight face?

6 comments:

James F. Epperson said...

Well, if we are comparing DiLorenzo on Lincoln w/ Goodwin on Lincoln, I think you need to find some allegations regarding "Team of Rivals." And, in any event, Goodwin's book doesn't have the myriad of problems and ethical lapses that DiLorenzo's does. Although, I do know some academics who have issues with DKG on points of history.

Again, you are sounding like a little kid who doesn't like losing the game.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Right James.

James F. Epperson said...

One more thought: You have railed about the "liberal media," but you cited one of those liberal outlets (Slate Magazine), which was quite hard on DKG back in 2002.

Also (OK, two comments) I am personally aware of a number of academic historians who are very critical of DKG's book. Personally, I think it is an informative, but flawed, great read.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes, even a blind hog can find an acorn once in a while.

I tend to avoid reading plagiarizers. Frankly, I don't trust anything they write. I am also aware of the criticism, but she is the go to "Presidential historian" for all the know-nothing talking heads and the public is constantly force-fed her idiotic commentary.

James F. Epperson said...

I thought it was a "blind squirrel"...

You are just upset that someone with liberal credentials is able to find an audience. Curiously, Harry Smeltzer is very hard on her.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I thought it was a "blind squirrel"...

No, blind hog.

"You are just upset that someone with liberal credentials is able to find an audience."

Thank you Dr.

"Curiously, Harry Smeltzer is very hard on her."

Good for Harry!