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Friday, August 10, 2012
An Oracle for Ignorance
David Barton, the Texas evangelist and pseudo-historian who wants to demolish the wall between church and state, published a book on Thomas Jefferson that apparently transformed that great skeptic of organized Christianity into something resembling ... well, David Barton. And now the publisher, which specializes in Christian books, mind you, has pulled the book from the market because they've concluded that David Barton just plain makes stuff up. (Hattip: GS)
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
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