Matt’s Book Blog reviewed The Whites of Their Eyes by Jill Lepore for the 2013 American Revolution Reading Challenge. Here’s an excerpt:
Jill Lepore is a professor of American History at Harvard. As a historian, Lepore defends her profession’s critical inquiry into history against historical fundamentalism. That is the tendency to venerate the Founding Fathers with religious zeal and fanatically regard the Constitution and its originalist interpretations as sacred writ. Lapore also criticizes the reverent nostalgia that can’t and won’t cope with the realities of the past such as race-based chattel slavery and the ill-treatment of vulnerable members of society such as women, the old, the young, the poor, the sick and afflicted, and the insane.
Read the full review.