The American Founders and Their World
by Stanford Continuing Studies Program
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||1. Jefferson, Madison, and the Problem of Slavery in an Empire of Liberty (April 7, 2009)||Jack Rakove, Caroline Winterer, and Annette Gordon-Reed discuss the politics surrounding American slavery during the 18th century in the first of a series of four lectures on the American Revolutionary era. (April 7, 2009)||5/20/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||2. How Radical was the Revolution and How Reactionary was the Constitution? (April 21, 2009)||Gordon Wood, professor emeritus of History at Brown University, and Pauline Maier, professor of History at MIT, discuss the historical significance of the American Revolution.||5/27/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||3. When Abigail and John Met George and Charlotte, or, The American Rebellion Viewed from London (May 5, 2009)||Andrew O'Shaughnessy and Edie Gelles discuss the American Revolution from a European perspective and the relationship between John and Abigail Adams. (May 5, 2009)||6/3/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||4. Washington's Frontier and Hamilton's Marketplace: Visions of Post-Revolutionary Greatness (May 22, 2009)||Joanne Freeman, Professor of History at Yale University, and Alan Taylor, Professor of History at University of California, Davis, discuss the aspirations and achievements of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. (May 19, 2009)||6/10/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
The introduction of speakers is too long. I know the people are distinguished but it should not take so much time to introduce them. Within the podcasts there are constant referals by the speakers to their respective books without providing the information from the books. I felt like I was listening to an infomercial, not an informative podcast. Only 30% of the podcast was devoted to actual information. The rest was plugging for books and "witty" banter between speakers. I would suggest the speakers and producers listen to Backstory, a podcast from the UVA history department, for an example of a well-produced podcast.
A few academics patting themselves on the back. No value except the ones in the room. Pathetic self importance. Will go back to Open Yale Courses
A Different Perspective
I liked the "chat" format, which allowed for personal insights. There was considerable repetition and I started losing interest in the second hour. The speakers are knowledgeable, the voices clear, and the subject worthwhile.