Bowdoin’s Jean Yarbrough Defends Thomas Jefferson on Douglas Murray’s “Uncancelled History”


Bowdoin College professor Jean Yarbrough, renowned scholar of American political thought, joined British author and podcaster Douglas Murray to discuss the life and thought of Thomas Jefferson for his provocative series Uncancelled History.

Yarbrough has written extensively about the life and political philosophy of Jefferson, including in “Thomas Jefferson and the Social Compact,” in The American Founding and the Social Compact and American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People. She is also the editor of a collection of Jefferson’s most important written works, The Essential Jefferson.

Douglas Murray is a British social critic whose recent works include The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity and The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason.

In Uncancelled History, Murray sheds the shibboleths of modern historical research with its anachronistic finger-wagging and tedious revisionism.

Other episodes have examined the life and times of Confederate Civil War General Robert E. Lee, the practice and theory of colonialism, and Abraham Lincoln.


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