Freedom 101.3, Ep. 12: John Brown’s Raid

In 1859, the militant abolitionist John Brown and his ragtag militia seized a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry in the hopes of inciting a massive slave insurrection.  Although his endeavor failed, Brown's eloquent def...

Freedom 101.4 Ep. 2: The Miranda Warnings: Why a Right to Remain Silent?

All Americans, and indeed people all around the world, know the four famous warnings that now proceed custodial police interrogation.  But where did they come from, and why do we have them?  Professor Stephen Henderso...

Gordon S. Wood – What Made the Founders Different

The founding fathers have a special significance in American culture different from most other countries. The ideals, aspirations and leadership that our founding fathers created still hold strong in America. Hear why...

Akhil Reed Amar – Our Jacksonian Constitution

In this talk we hear why our constitution may be more Jacksonian than we have been taught. Amar discusses why our constitution could be considered more democratic, perhaps more supportive towards slavery than intended...

Rosemarie Zagarri – Founding Mothers: How Women Shaped The Founding

In the revolutionary era, politics were not exclusively the province of men. Hear how women made an impact in America’s founding without having an official stake in government and politics. This is the fourth lecture ...