On Slander

As AB settled in to a much-less-than public life, he withdrew even further from critics and the judgements of history. He never went on record anywhere defending himself from even the most damning of assertions, other than in open court. It seemed that whatever anyone wanted to dream up about him would find it’s way into the media of the day and remain there in the public mind, unanswered and unchallenged. At a point, even his “friends” stopped stepping in for him. Later in his life, when he was contemplating writing a “real” history of the revolution, he seems to have regretted his “no comment” position. Of slander, he had this to say:

“Slander has slain more than the sword.”

He would know…

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