America’s Founders understood that a republic is fragile; for it to survive, citizens must be engaged, educated, committed and have a free press and voting rights.

In this special livestream Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Board of Trustees, Jon Meacham, and philanthropist David Rubenstein discuss Jefferson’s remarkably modern advice on citizenship, encapsulated in Mr. Meacham’s new book, In the Hands of the People (available for purchase at

This livestream was made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.