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Interviews from the Emmy award winning documentary - Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America's Founding Fathers.

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Interviews from the Emmy award winning documentary - Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America's Founding Fathers.

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English


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Mary V Thompson discusses George Washington

5/6/2024
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews Mary V. Thompson about George Washington. They discuss how Washington's views on slavery changed during his life and the complications he faced trying to free the slaves of Mount Vernon. Mary V. Thompson was a research historian at Mount Vernon, and is now retired and serves as Research Historian Emerita at Mount Vernon.

Duration:00:29:23

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Carl Westmoreland discusses Thomas Jefferson and Slavery in Virginia

4/22/2024
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews the late Carl Westmoreland about Jefferson's view on slavery and its role in the colonies. Carl Westmoreland was the Senior Historian at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Duration:00:38:36

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Carter Hudgins Discusses Slavery at Drayton Hall Plantation

4/3/2024
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews Carter Hudgins, the President and CEO of Drayton Hall. Hudgens discusses slavery at Drayton Hall Plantation, and slavery's role in the economics of the Colonies.

Duration:00:27:03

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David Eltis Discusses the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

3/25/2024
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews David Eltis, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus of History at Emory University and the co-developer of slavevoyages.org. Eltis discusses the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and its impact on the Americas and the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Duration:00:43:33

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Walter Brueggemann Discusses Slavery in the Bible

3/11/2024
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews theologian Walter Brueggemann. Brueggemann offers an interpretation of slavery in the Bible, and discusses the Bibles influence on the Founding Fathers. Brueggemann is currently William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Duration:00:34:49

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David Azerrad Discusses the Political Policies of the America's Founding Fathers

2/26/2024
Today's podcast features Hillsdale College's Assistant Professor and Research Fellow, David Azerrad. Azerrad explains the guiding principles of the Founders, especially in creating the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. He further explains the paradox of liberty and slavery as seen in the personal lives of the Founders. Azerrad was formerly the Director of the Kenneth Simon Center of Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation.

Duration:00:37:47

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Caroline Keinath discusses John Adams

2/12/2024
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews Caroline Keinath at Piecefield about John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, and their impact on forming America.

Duration:00:46:29

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Historian Christa Dierksheide discusses Thomas Jefferson

1/29/2024
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews Christa Dierksheide at Monticello about Thomas Jefferson and his role as a Founding Father and an owner of slaves.

Duration:00:47:12

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Historian Sara Bon-Harper discusses James Monroe

1/15/2024
Director A. Troy Thomas sits down with Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe’s Highland, to discuss many of the contributions of James Monroe. Monroe was the last Founding Father to serve as President, a two time Governor of Virginia, a US Senator, an ambassador to Britain and France, as well as Secretary of State. An accomplished soldier and statesman, Monroe is perhaps best known for issuing the Monroe Doctrine.

Duration:00:16:43

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Historian Richard Beeman discusses the Paradox of Liberty and Slavery in the Founding Era of America

1/1/2024
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews historian Richard Beeman. Richard was the John Walsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the director of the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies. Richard wrote several books, including "Plain Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution," and "Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor: Americans Choose Independence." This interview was conducted in Media, Pennsylvania in May 2014.

Duration:01:01:09

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Joseph Ellis Discusses The Founding Fathers and Slavery

12/18/2023
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews Pulitzer Prize winning author, Joseph Ellis about America's Founding Fathers and slavery. Ellis argues that we should cease arguing about whether the Founders were heroes or villains, but instead grapple with them as flawed human beings who we can learn from because of their imperfections and what they did well.

Duration:00:40:09

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Professor Eric Jackson discusses Colonial America, Slavery and The Founding Fathers

12/4/2023
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews professor Eric Jackson about Colonial America, Slavery and The Founding Fathers. Eric Jackson is a professor of American History at Northern Kentucky University with over 50 journal publications.

Duration:00:33:52

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Historian Edward J. Larson discusses George Washington

11/6/2023
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews historian and author Edward J. Larson about George Washington's role as a respected leader of the American Revolution and his ownership of slaves at Mount Vernon.

Duration:00:43:50

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An Interview with former Director of Education at James Madison’s Montpelier, Christian Cotz

10/23/2023
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews former Director of Education at James Madison’s Montpelier, Christian Cotz. Christian discusses James Madison's role in crafting the United States Constitution and his ownership of slaves at his family's large Virginia plantation, Montpelier.

Duration:00:32:33

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An Interview with the 2006 Social Studies Teacher of the Year, India Meissel

10/9/2023
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews the 2006 Social Studies Teacher of the Year, India Meissel. She discusses European colonization of North America, the history of slavery in the New World before and after the American Revolution as well as the Founding Fathers' complicated relationship with slavery.

Duration:00:44:28

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Historian Jon Kukla discusses Patrick Henry

9/25/2023
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews author and historian Jon Kukla about Patrick Henry. Perhaps best known for his "Liberty or Death" speech at St. John's Church, Patrick Henry was also an American founder who owned slaves. Jon Kukla discusses the nuances of this seeming contradiction.

Duration:00:58:40

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An Interview with historian Lonnie Bunch

9/11/2023
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and the first African American and first historian to serve as head of the Smithsonian. He was also the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). In this episode, Lonnie discusses the museum as well as slavery during the Founding Era and his thoughts as a historian on the Founders.

Duration:00:24:03

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An Interview with Mount Vernon's Doug Bradburn

8/28/2023
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews the president and CEO of George Washington's Mount Vernon, Doug Bradburn. Doug discusses the complexities of liberty and slavery in the founding era of the United States and how the views of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson changed throughout their lives. For more information on the award-winning documentary, Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America's Founding Fathers, visit our website.

Duration:00:43:48

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Henry Wiencek Discusses George Washington and Thomas Jefferson

8/14/2023
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews historian and author, Henry Wiencek about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Both founders' views on slavery seemed to change throughout their lives. Listen to find out how. For more information on the award-winning documentary, Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America's Founding Fathers, visit our website.

Duration:01:00:22

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Introduction to the Series

8/4/2023
Director A. Troy Thomas interviews historians, authors, theologians and other experts about the founding of the United States of America and the paradox of liberty and slavery. Each episode will feature an extended interview conducted for the documentary film, Liberty & Slavery: The Paradox of America's Founding Fathers For more information visit our website. Revolutionary America was a place of extraordinary paradox. America's Founding Fathers were men yearning for a nation of individual liberty and unprecedented independence. But, the origins of America were already overflowing with a deep-seated and cruel paradox. On one hand the Founding Fathers were rallying the colonists to liberty, while on the other hand they were active participants in the barbaric institution of chattel slavery. Indeed, the Founding Fathers were simultaneously promoting both liberty....and slavery. Watch as our documentary investigates the complex characters of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Samuel Adams, among others. Discover the plantation slaves' world of Jefferson's Monticello and Washington's Mount Vernon. Listen and learn as "Liberty and Slavery" sits down for in-depth conversations with historians, theologians, and award-winning professors, all to explore Revolutionary America's most glorious victories, and indeed their most heinous sins.

Duration:00:06:46