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The founding fathers of the United States of America
From the variety of personalities of the founding fathers to the issue of slavery and representative democracy, the early days of the United States of America were filled with debate and compromise and the building blocks of a democracy that survives today.
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George Washington

George Washington was the first President of the United States but before that he was the General of the Continental Army. Hear Pulitzer Prize winning historian Joe Ellis discuss George Washington with Aspen Institute's Walter Isaacson.

James Madison

Madison is known as the "father of the Constition."

Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton was a strong believer is a central federal government, a debate that continues to this day.