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The founding documents of the United States of America

There wasn’t any email or SMS in the 1700s when the founders of America sent letters and drafted the documents that became the blueprint for American democracy. The documents of the founding of America tell the story of issues being grappled with and personalities discussing moral and ideological differences.

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.

The founding mothers of the United States of America

The term "founding fathers" is synonymous with the American Revolution and the founding of the United States of America, however, there were women who played an important role in the founding as well. Journalist Cokie Roberts explores the role of women in America's founding and discusses with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson America's "Founding Mothers."

Civil liberties, privacy, and the Constitution

Does the widespread availability of personal data justify the government’s need for covert surveillance or does it make secrecy obsolete and unnecessary? Recent disclosures by Snowden, Manning, and WikiLeaks have redefined the debate about the proper balance between privacy and transparency. Hear from experts with different perspectives on the subject.