Thomas Jefferson: Author of America

Christopher HitchensOn September 8, 2005, noted journalist, television commentator, critic, and "partially recovered Marxist" Christopher Hitchens used wit, charm, and, occasionally, scorn to make his case for Jefferson as the key figure among the Founders in shaping America's ideals.
This talk was sponsored by Matthews Development Company.

Note: Portions of these clips contain mature language. Viewer discretion is advised.  All videos require the Windows Media Player.

 

 1. Introduction: "The most fascinating of the Founding Fathers" (3:16)

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"So many great minds . . ." the American Enlightenment (4:59)

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Jefferson's Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom (4:40)

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Jefferson and War (5:00)

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 5. Jefferson's expansion of "the power and the reach of United States" (5:37)

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6. A Fatal Stain: Jefferson and Slavery (5:30)

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 Questions and Answers


What do you think of efforts to portray the Founding Fathers as having intended the United States to be a Christian nation? (6:23)

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Can you comment on the current conflict in Iraq in light of Jefferson's struggles with Barbary pirates? (4:05)
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Didn't the constitution of Turkey created under Ataturk also establish freedom of religion in that country? (1:17)
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Can you contrast Jefferson's policies on the Barbary pirates with those of the current administration on the Middle East? (2:11)
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