Everyman’s His Own Historian, But …

… not every man is very good at it.  Take this column by Paul Gottfried as an example.

If nothing else, Gottfried’s inventive and imaginative.  Had he confined himself to a point-by-point refutation of Allen Guelzo’s column, I could go along with that.  But please excuse me as I go looking for George McClellan’s slaves.

5 thoughts on “Everyman’s His Own Historian, But …

  1. Bob Huddleston April 29, 2011 / 5:39 pm

    “neocon and other leftist acquaintances”?

  2. Ray O'Hara April 29, 2011 / 6:23 pm

    The replies are amusing too.

  3. Charlie April 30, 2011 / 8:03 am

    For all of Gottfried’s rambling, we also shouldn’t lose sight on Guelzo’s column, which is pretty silly in its own right. He spins quite the fanciful tale about Lincoln making the world safe for democracy by staking the American example against the monarchist bogeymen of Europe. But it is a fairytale. Take this for example:

    “On the day Lincoln was inaugurated in 1861, the United States was the only large-scale example of a democracy left in the world.”

    The existence of a large and well-established parliamentary democracy in Britain – the most powerful nation on earth at the time – would seem to contradict him on this central point of his argument. Nor was its constitutional monarch Victoria the type who “snuffed out” democratic reform in a dictatorial fashion, and quite the opposite as she has an admirable track record of supporting expansion of the franchise and the shift in the balance of parliamentary power towards the elected House of Commons.

  4. John Foskett May 1, 2011 / 7:56 am

    Maybe Gottfreid meant George’s first cousin Henry, who served with Jeb Stuart. Then again, he probably knows even less about Henry than the thimblefull which he knows about Little Mac. I really hate it when uninformed fiction writers like Gottfreid make me sympathetic to McClellan. Next up – more about the Black Confederates.

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