" Dialogues in Democracy" Historian Panel

Recorded at Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.

November 2007

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Dr. Gordon Wood, Professor of History, Brown University, and Dr. Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History, Baruch College & The Graduate Center, CUNY, explore the historical aspects of government and the people. Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor, of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer moderates.

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Self government in the 18th century: Did individuals think only of themselves or of the common good? Wood and Berkin examine the early threats to self government.

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Is there an awakened interest today in the Founders and in our sense of nationhood? Wood and Berkin discuss why some people today want to review the beginnings of the U.S. government.

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The engine of American history has been the struggle to understand who the people are and what their rights are. Wood and Berkin address the issue of slavery.