"A nation born in contradiction will fight forever over the meaning of its history," Lepore writes.
’ by #JillLepore
Written in elegiac #prose
’s groundbreaking investigation places #truth
itself―a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence―at the center of the nation’s #history
. The American experiment rests on three ideas―"these truths," #Jefferson
called them―political #equality
, natural rights, and the #sovereignty
of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. But has the nation, and #democracy
itself, delivered on that promise?