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An interview with Robert Reilly, author of America on Trial. Ignatius Press/Robert Reilly

By John Zmirak, The Stream, December 20, 2021

John Zmirak is a senior editor at The Stream and author or co-author of ten books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. He is co-author with Jason Jones of “God, Guns, & the Government.”

Reagan and Trump administration stalwart, and well-known scholar, Robert Reilly has come out with an expanded edition of his book, America On Trial. The Stream’s John Zmirak interviewed him about it.

John Zmirak: I deeply admire your recent book: America On Trial. I’ve told professors that they could use it as a single textbook for an entire semester of political philosophy. You’ve just issued an expanded new edition, with additional material responding to the 1619 Project  What’s the thrust of your response?

Robert Reilly: When confronting the accusation that the Constitution was a proslavery document, Frederick Douglass, the brilliant abolitionist leader who had himself escaped from slavery, said that it was “a slander upon their memory.” He was referring to the American founders. I consider the 1619 Project a calumny. This is not simply a conservative complaint. A group of historians, none of whom could be characterized as conservative, banded together to send a joint letter to the New York Times Magazine pointing out the historical distortions in its 1619 Project. …

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