Ordinary People During the Revolution
Tuesdays, Nov 15 – Dec 20
10:00 – 11:30
Penfield Community Center
Rick Gough will be offering a second run of Ordinary People of the Revolution: When we think of the American Revolution, we tend to pay attention to the iconic names—Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Franklin—the thinkers who articulated the vision of the new nation and became its standard bearers and leading lights. But it’s easy to forget that the American Revolution was an insurgent movement requiring mass communication, mass mobilization, and a single-mindedness of purpose on the part of a huge number of colonists acting together, joined by a common cause.
Who were these people? What drove them to participate in the unlikely attempt to defeat the world’s mightiest superpower? How did they think and act to bring about a new form of society and government? Perhaps most significantly, how did they view themselves and the stake they had in this most daring of social and political experiments?
America’s Founding Fathers
Wednesdays, Nov 2 – Dec 21
10:00 – 11:30 AM
John Schmeelk, will re-run last spring’s popular Great Course program America’s Founding Fathers. The story of America’s founding—great men who debated, argued, persuaded, and negotiated their way to the U.S. Constitution—is as dramatic and instructive as any in the nation’s history. And there is no better way to tell the story of the Founding Fathers than by pairing an eminent U.S. historian with the very institution that is most synonymous with American history, the Smithsonian.