The Past in the Present: America’s Founding and Us

Oct. 17, 2020

Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of the nation's premier authorities on the Founding era, discusses how Americans today deal with problematic historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, in the inaugural lecture for the Shapiro Center for American History and Culture at The Huntington.

 

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