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Great Courses: America’s Founding Fathers

Thursday, December 16

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Thursday, December 2nd & 16th at 11:00 am. 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.  For those of you who were not attending the series in the library pre-COVID 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.

December 2: Thomas Jefferson’s Frustration (Episode 32) Aaron Burr’s Treason (Episode 33)

December 16: Series concludes with John Marshall’s Court (Episode 34) James Madison’s War (Episode 35) Alexis de Tocqueville’s America (Episode 36)

Suggested Readings:

(Episode 32) Appleby, Joyce. Thomas Jefferson. (Put a hold on it) Ellis, Joseph. American Sphinx. (Put a hold on it) (Put a hold on book or audio in Overdrive) Hitchens, Christopher. Thomas Jefferson. (Put a hold on it) (Put a hold on in Overdrive) Wood, Gordon. Empire of Liberty. Chapter 17.  (Put a hold on it) (Episode 33) Isenberg, Nancy. Fallen Founder: A Life of Aaron Burr. Chapters 1 & 9. (Put a hold on it) (Put a hold on it in Overdrive) Larson, Edward. A Magnificent Catastrophe : The Tumultuous Election of 1800 : America’s First Presidential Campaign. (Put a hold on it) (Put a hold on the audio in Hoopla) Wheelan, Joseph.  Jefferson’s Vendetta. (Put a hold on it)

 (Episode 34) Brookhiser, Richard. John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court. (Put a hold on it) (Put a hold on the book or audio in Overdrive)  Newmyer, R. Kent. John Marshall and the Heroic Age of the Supreme Court. Chapter 5. (Put a hold on it) (Episode 35) Borneman, Walter R. 1812: The War That Forged a Nation. (Put a hold on it) (Put a hold on it in Overdrive) Ketcham, Ralph. James Madison. Chapters 18-20. (Put a hold on it) Latimer, Jon. 1812: War With America. (Put a hold on it)

(Episode 36)Damrosch, Leo. Tocqueville’s Discovery of America. (Put a hold on it) Ryan, Alan. On Tocqueville. (Put a hold on it) Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America. (Put a hold on it) (Put a hold on it in Overdrive) (Put a hold on book or audio in Hoopla)

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.