Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia, Peter S. Onuf has written extensively on sectionalism, federalism, and political economy, with a particular emphasis on the political thought of Thomas Jefferson. In this lecture, he looks at Jefferson’s opinions about federal government.
New York University historian John Shovlin discusses the question of American influences on the French Revolution. Finding the American role “quite modest,” he describes the powerful forces at work within France that led to revolution in 1789.
New York University historian Nicole Eustace discusses the “tempest of emotion” that swept through the Age of Reason, epitomized by the earliest call for a full break between the American colonies and Great Britain, Thomas Paine’s passionate Common Sense.
Once more, as repeatedly before, the spokesmen of the Central Empires have indicated their desire to discuss the objects of the war and the possible basis of a general peace. Parleys have been in progress at Brest-Litovsk between Russsian representatives and representatives of the Central Powers to which the attention of all the belligerents have been invited for the purpose of ascertaining whether it may be possible to extend these parleys into a general conference with regard to terms of peace and...
Was colonial America a democratic society?
Were the colonists justified in resisting British policies after the French and Indian War (1754–1763)?
Were the origins of the American Revolution primarily economic or ideological?
Were the colonists’ responses to the Stamp Act (1765) justified?
How did the Stamp Act Congress pave the road for American independence?
Is violence a sound strategy to bring about significant political and social change? (Case studies to help examine this question...