Story of Freedom

Lecture 1 – Introduction: The Guns of Lexington

The United States has the oldest constitution in the world. With the exception of the Civil War, our political order has persisted for over 225 years. What has made America so exceptional in its longevity? Dr. Rufus F...

Lecture 2 – The Clouds of Tyranny, George III

In the twelve short years between 1763 and 1775, the loyal colonists who fought the French and Indian War became open rebels against the British crown. In this lecture, Dr. Fears covers the economic and political fact...

Lecture 3 – Independence, Freedom, and Honor: The Declaration

The story of freedom in the United States cannot be told without the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Fears explains what the stirring first paragraph of the Declaration meant to Americans in 1776 and what we’ve lost ...

Lecture 4 – The Test of Battle: The Surrender at Yorktown

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine in the winter of 1776. In five months, the optimism of the Declaration of Independence had been replaced by the despair of Valley Forge, when Washington’s...

Lecture 5 – A Galaxy of Statesmen: Making The Constitution

The Revolutionary War delivered the colonists from English rule, but it did not result in effective governance. Financial crisis, disunity, and a dysfunctional system of confederation threatened to undo the achievemen...

Lecture 6 – The Charter of Freedom: Our Constitution

Only five men signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Why? Dr. Fears argues that the American Revolution was fought for limited government and low taxes, but the Constitution is a charter for...

Lecture 7: Debts, Frontier, Liberties: The First Congress

In the previous lectures, Dr. Fears has addressed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the emblems of our national and political freedom. Here, he explains the Bill of Rights, the charter of our indiv...

Lecture 8 – The Roots of American Liberty

At the time of its inception, the United States was the only functioning democracy in the world. However, this does not mean the founders created the American ideal of freedom ex nihilo. As Dr. Fears argues, they drew...

Lecture 9 – Freedom and the Frontier: Lewis and Clark

The founders took these sources as inspirations for their vision of freedom. But, the American ideal of liberty is more than the sum of its parts. Dr. Fears contends it is the frontier, the boundless possibilities for...

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