Presented by Kevin R.C. Gutzman*
This lecture was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 19. Please note the date change. We apologize for any inconvenience.
In this lecture, author and historian Kevin Gutzman argues that Thomas Jefferson should be remembered more for his success as a constructive statesman than for his authorship of the Declaration of Independence. Much of what represents the United States today—religious freedom, the accessibility of education, and the size and reach of government—can be traced directly back to Jefferson’s initiatives as a statesman. His positions on both government and society were radical for their time and paved the way for a national consciousness rooted in equality and self-determination.
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