Thursday, October 8, 2015

False Founders' Quotes Show Up Again--This Time It's Huckabee

BuzzFeed covers the story here.  These fake quotes have been uncovered from a 1998 Huckabee book




As Princeton's Kevin Kruse makes clear, I don't think many "scholars" are using Mike Huckabee's books.  I am not sure who Ramesh Ponnuru, a senior editor at The National Review, has in mind here. 

These false quotes have been around for a long time.  They just will no go away.  

Here is a taste of the BuzzFeed piece:

Huckabee also attributed multiple quotes to founding father Patrick Henry that are unverifiable and sourced only to Huckabee’s book or a book cited by Huckabee.
“The manners of a gentleman are an outgrowth of his due respect for the life and integrity of others; likewise a breach of courtesy is emblematic not so much of barbarism as of utter and complete self-absorption. A rude man is but a callous egotist,” reads one quote attributed to Henry. The only source available for this is Huckabee’s book. The quote is not cited in the book.
Another quote attributed to Henry, “For good or for ill, the estate of the family will most assuredly predetermine the estate of all of the rest of the culture,” could again only be sourced back to Huckabee.
One prominent historian, Baylor professor Thomas S. Kidd, who authored Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots, told BuzzFeed News he had not seen the quotes before.
“Those are new ones to me. Like you, I cannot find any hits on them except for the Huckabee book,” Kidd told BuzzFeed News.