American Ideals: Founding a 'Republic of Virtue' : The Great Courses: Intellectual History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Daniel N. Robinson
  • Series: The Great Courses: Intellectual History
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

What is the significance of the phrase "the pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence? Why does it read "We the people" in the preamble to the Constitution? What were the philosophies and social forces that made this country unique - that enabled it to become the first successfully self-governing republic?
Answer these questions and more with this insightful 12-lecture course, which explores the principles that guided the founding of the United States, the conditions that led to the break with Great Britain, and the creation of such founding documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. As the world's oldest democracy, the United States stands as the "test case" for those who regard self-government as inherently unstable, inherently self-destructive. Examining the founding documents, such as the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution, Professor Robinson considers the principles under which the United States evolved.


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Well Done!

I think this is the second iteration of this lecture. Prof. Robinson is an old school (compliment!) erudite intellectual who knows much more than he can possibly convey in a lecture so he gives the information with just enough background to support his thesis. He also does not let politics or pc intrude into the delivery.

Very informative, thank you.

Mickey Campagna
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- mickey

Weak analysis

This course was just a meandering series of quotes from the forefathers followed by vacuous reverence. It felt like the professor just threw something together at the last minute.
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- Jake

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses