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American Dream Reconsidered 2016: A Conversation with Peter Thiel
A Declaration of Life and Liberty Symposium
Abraham Lincoln & the Problem of ‘Towering Genius’
Steven Knott at Notre Dame: “Washington and Hamilton”
American Perspectives on Citizenship
Nora Hanagan Duke University
American Values, Institutions and Culture
Nora Hanagan Duke University
Creation of the Constitution
Michael McConnell Stanford Law School
Freedom and Responsibility: The Ethical Dimensions of Liberty
Michael Gillespie Duke University
American Political Economy
James Ceaser University of Virginia
The American Political Tradition
James Ceaser University of Virginia
A Conversation with Jack Miller
Liberty in the Declaration
The Declaration in a House Divided
Harvey Mansfield on Party Government and Modern Political Philosophy
Equality in the Declaration
What Would the Founders Think of Our Presidential Elections?
Bloomberg on Intolerance of Ideas
Gordon Wood at Mercer: On What Made the Founders Different
The Lockean Republic
James Ceaser on Tocqueville and the Foundations of American Democracy
Jean Yarbrough at Harvard: On Theodore Roosevelt
Gordon Wood: Empire of Liberty
Rufus Fears: The Story of Freedom, no. 1
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Constitution Day at Northwestern: Lawrence Lessig
Constitution Day at Holy Cross: Michael Zuckert, part 1
Constitution Day at Holy Cross: Michael Zuckert, part 2
Constitution Day at Holy Cross: Michael Zuckert, part 3
Constitution Day at Villanova: Stephen Knott
Constitution Day at Ole Miss: Scott Yenor
Burke/Paine, Right/Left
Hont: Luxury & Revolution in Rousseau
Ralph Lerner on Benjamin Franklin
Harvey Mansfield on Machiavelli’s Verità Effetuale
Quentin Skinner: A Genealogy of Liberty
Deirdre McCloskey on Bourgeois Dignity
Christopher McClure on Learning from Franklin’s Mistakes
Montesquieu’s Commercial Morality
JMC's Randal Hendrickson discusses what Montesquieu describes as the “laws of morality” and their connection to humanity’s natural passions.
Montesquieu’s (Anti) Machiavellianism
Swords into Syllogisms
Constitution Day with Jeffrey Rosen
Constitution Day with Justice Breyer, no. 1
Constitution Day with Justice Breyer, no. 2
Constitution Day with Justice Breyer, no. 3
Harvey Mansfield at Furman: Science and Liberal Education
Consent of the Governed
Separation of Powers
Open Yale Courses: Steven Smith, no. 1
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Open Yale Courses: Steven Smith, no. 16
Alexander Hamilton: GPS
Petern McNamara reflects on a "complex and versatile man who worked so tirelessly for his adopted country."
Interview: Harold Krent of IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law
Thomas Pangle Discusses the Jefferson Center
Pauline Maier on What Caused the American Revolution
Magna Carta: GPS
The foundation for the evolution of parliamentary government and subsequent declarations of rights in Great Britain and the United States.
Thomas Paine: GPS
In 1776 an obscure immigrant published a small pamphlet that ignited independence in America.
Jefferson’s Bible: A Brief History
Benjamin Franklin: GPS
In his twilight years, working on his Autobiography, Franklin could look back on a fruitful life as the toast of two continents.
JMC Interview: Ralph Lerner on Liberty
Gordon Wood: How Religious Were the Founders?
Lincoln: GPS
Allen Guelzo provides a road map to Lincoln’s life and mind.
The Age of Experiments
Michelle Orihel Southern Utah University
U.S. Constitutional and Legal History
Steve Belko University of Western Florida
Scottish Enlightenment
Flagg Taylor Skidmore College
Lincoln’s Statesmanship
Flagg Taylor Skidmore College
History of the Civil War
Preston Jones John Brown University
American Intellectual History
Allen Guelzo Gettysburg College
Experience of Battle in the Civil War
Allen Guelzo Gettysburg College
American Culture in the Civil War Era
Allen Guelzo Gettysburg College
Theory of Executive Power
Chris West Georgetown University
American Values
John Aldrich and Michael Munger Duke University
Race in America
Robert Faulkner Boston College
American Political Thought
Jonathan Marks Ursinus
American Political Thought
Jeremy Bailey University of Houston
American Political Thought
Will Jordan Mercer University
American Government
Berry College
Gordon Wood on Book TV
James Ceaser on the Program in Constitutionalism and Democracy
Benjamin Franklin Project Inaugural Lecture: “What Made the Founders Different”
At Harvard: Pierre Manent on the European Union
JMC Interview Series – Prof. Gordon Wood
Constitution Day University of Texas at Austin 2012
May: Jewish American Heritage Month
May is Jewish American Heritage Month. EDSITEment has a rich array of educational resources on this vital part of American culture and history.
Montesquieu: GPS
James Madison wrote in The Federalist (No. 47) that Montesquieu was “the oracle who is always consulted and cited” on the subject of separation of powers. Thomas Pangle reflects.
James Madison: GPS
Although dubbed the “father of the Constitution” by the historian Charles Jared Ingersoll in 1825, James Madison resisted the title.
Best Books on Benjamin Franklin
Franklin remains one of our best educators on human nature and the qualities and habits that individuals need in order to become happy.
American Founding Debates
Steven Bilakovics Yale University
Writings and Statesmanship of Franklin and Lincoln
Ralph Lerner University of Chicago