And in any case, if, as Shapin claimed and as Daston concurs (249-50), giving the lie
was to be avoided above all, facts would seem mo re likely to be the source of bitter disagreements than theories: one can impune the judgement, the motives, the insight, and the intelligence of someone holding a controversial theory, but hardly his truthfulness.
Instead, as Michael Tadman shows in Speculators and Slaves: Masters, Traders and Slaves in the Old South (University of Wisconsin Press, 16 [pounds sterling]), the internal slave trade was extensive, and those involved in it were both wealthy and respected, giving the lie
to the slaveholders' protestations of paternalism and revealing just how poorly constructed their benevolent self-image was.
The Clinton Presidency is rapidly giving the lie
to every familiar--and generally heretofore credible--argument about why it's better for us to have Democrats rather than Republicans in the White House.
The Prime Minister may try to dismiss the affair as "Garbagegate" but the steady drip, drip of allegations is giving the lie
to his protestations of innocence.
Claims that reading tests for 11-year-olds have become easier, giving the lie
to the Government's assertion that standards are rising, were yesterday angrily denied by the Department for Education and Employment.