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.

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.
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The founding fathers of the United States of America: An overview
Introducing the "Founding Mothers"
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An introduction to George Washington
In this video, historian Joe Ellis and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson discuss George Washington and his involvement in the founding of the United States of America.

James Madison

James Madison is known as the “Father of the Constitution.” Learn more about this founding father with Lynne Cheney, author of “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute.
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An introduction to James Madison by historian Joe Ellis
In this video, historian Joe Ellis and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson discuss James Madison and his involvement in the founding of the United States of America.
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Overview: James Madison
Madison was “the most important person responsible for creating what America is today” and played many roles in the founding of America. Lynne Cheney, author of “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. 
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Madison's role in the Constitutional Convention in 1787
Lynne Cheney, author of “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. 
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The personal aspects of James Madison
Lynne Cheney, author of “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. 
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Dolley Madison
Lynne Cheney, author of “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. 
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Madison and Thomas Jefferson: Their friendship, commonalities, and differences
Lynne Cheney, author of “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. 
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The Federalist Papers
Lynne Cheney, author of “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. 
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Political parties
Lynne Cheney, author of “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. 
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Madison, foreign policy, and declaring war
Lynne Cheney, author of “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. 
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Madison and the Louisiana Purchase
Lynne Cheney, author of “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute 
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Madison and the War of 1812
Lynne Cheney, author of “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” in conversation with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute.