Chris Rodda on Olbermann

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2 Responses to Chris Rodda on Olbermann

  1. tom van dyke says:

    I looked up Mary Alice Baldwin—she was an awesome, awesome lady—a pioneering female scholar, dean of the Women’s College at Duke, and there’s still a history chair named after her.

    Keith Olbermann said “You are worthless, Mary Baldwin,” after David Barton used her as a source. I cannot think that Olbermann’s insult was a well-informed challenge to her scholarship, and if not, puts him deeply into pot-kettle-black territory.

    Alice Mary Baldwin (1879-1960) was a professor of history and administrator at the Woman’s College of Duke University for almost 25 years. She researched and published widely, made many speeches, and served as a national advocate for women’s education. The Alice Mary Baldwin Papers include correspondence, personal materials, speeches, photographs, clippings, printed materials, artifacts, and other materials documenting her personal and professional life. Major subjects include women’s education, women in higher education, administration of a woman’s college, vocational guidance, and employment for women. Baldwin’s major research interest was the colonial clergy in the United States, and she also took an active interest in contemporary labor issues. Several organizations with which Baldwin took a major interest were the U.S. Navy Waves, the American Association of University Women, the Southern School for Workers, and the Duke University Woman’s College as a whole.

  2. Jon Rowe says:

    I think Oberman’s remark may have been tongue in cheek.

    Re Baldwin’s claim, I think she’s right that what Jefferson wrote in the DOI was preached from the pulpit.

    Gregg argues, you could guess, these were not “Christian principles,” but theistic rationalism from the pulpit.

    The larger truth to Gregg’s point is that these sermons were not verse and chapter proof texts for the principles in the DOI, but rather Locke and the natural law/natural rights principles that we’ve discussed at length here.

    Barton, as far as I understand him, leaves the impression that it was verses and chapters of the Bible that were the source of the DOI. Some of his followers have said these were 27 “biblical” violations.

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