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Great Courses: America’s Founding Fathers

Thursday, October 7

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday, October 7th and 21st at 11:00 am. We are returning to the series started in the library in the fall of 2019. Zoom discussions will continue this fall and the series is now available on Kanopy. Great Courses, in collaboration with Smithsonian, presents a deep dive into the creation of the US Constitution as it actually happened. Using the Founding Fathers as a lens through which to examine the early political history of the United States, you will better understand both the document under which Americans live and the people who brought it into being. We will continue our study with episode 21. For those of you who were not attending the series in the library you can still join us. If you wish you can view the prior episodes on Kanopy, but this is not necessary in order to participate in the discussion.

Oct 7: Patrick Henry’s Convention (Episode 21) George Washington’s Inaugural (Episode 22) Alexander Hamilton’s Reports (Episode 23)

Oct 21: Thomas Jefferson’s Party (Episode 24) William Findley’s Whiskey (Episode 25) Benjamin Banneker’s Survey (Episode 26)

Suggested Readings:

Episode 21: Ellis, Joseph. The Quartet. (Put a hold on book)(Put a hold on audio) (Download book or audio on Overdrive) Lamunski, Richard. James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights. (Put a hold on it) Episode 22: Chernow, Ron. Washington. (Put a hold on it) (Download book or audio on Overdrive) Ellis, Joseph. His Excellency. (Put a hold on it) (Download book on Overdrive) (Download audio on Hoopla) Episode 23: Brookhiser, Richard. Alexander Hamilton American. (Put a hold on it) Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton. (Chapter 18) (Put a hold on it) (Download book or audio on Overdrive) Episode 24: Hitchens, Christopher. Thomas Jefferson. (Put a hold on it) (Download book on Overdrive) Meacham, Jon. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. (Put a hold on it) (Download book or audio on Overdrive) O’Brien, Conor Cruise.  The Long Affair.  (Chapters 4 & 5) (Put a hold on it) Episode 25: Berkin, Carol. A Sovereign People. (Put a hold on it) Hogeland, William. The Whiskey Rebellion. (Put a hold on book) (Put a hold on audio) Episode 26: Ellis, Joseph. Founding Brothers. (Chapter 2) (Put a hold on book) (Put hold on audio) (Download book on Overdrive) Lewis, Tom. Washington: A History of Our National City. (Put a hold on it) (Download book on Overdrive)

These episodes are available for viewing using the library’s streaming service Kanopy. If you have not previously created an account with Kanopy, first set up your account through the library’s website so you have a free subscription.

To join Reference Librarian June Hesler for these live online discussions through Zoom, request an invite by clicking HERE

If you have previously signed up for a Great Courses program you do not need to request an invite. You are already invited