History, freedom, and the problem of American exceptionalism

Thursday, February 25, 2021
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The Live Free or Die Society

What makes America special? A popular answer appeals to the “inalienable rights” affirmed by the Declaration of Independence. But how important were those rights or that document for the establishment of the United States? Some critics argue that history tells a different story. They contend American institutions are based, for good or ill, on a mostly British, Protestant inheritance. In this talk, Prof. Samuel Goldman, Associate Professor of Political Science at George Washington University and Literary Editor of Modern Age, suggests that rather than choosing natural rights or history, we should recognize the contributions of natural rights and history to the past, present, and future of our country. 
This event will be held virtually over zoom. 

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