After meeting as young politicians in 1776, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison became lifelong friends who shared many interests and philosophies on politics and governance—including opinions on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In honor of Constitution Day, this week livestream explores the relationship between Jefferson and Madison, the shared ideas that created the Constitution, and the rights it meant to protect. Watch this Q&A with Thomas Jefferson, interpreted by Bill Barker, and James Madison, interpreted by Colonial Williamsburg’s Bryan Austin.

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.