How Do You Remember the American Revolution?

Andrew Schocket
Show Date
January 24, 2016
American Revolution
*Fighting Over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution,*
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Andrew M. Schocket, Professor of History and American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University, wants his students and readers to think more clearly about our collective “memory” of the American Revolution. In *Fighting Over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution,* Schocket compresses thousands of political speeches, as well as films, museum exhibits, re-enactments and “originalist” movements, in a single, readable volume, in which he teases out the most common portrayals of our country’s critical founding period. His computer-aided research techniques have given him a high-altitude view of history, from which he sees two main competing visions – each with ideological consequences. Can you guess which party’s candidates are more likely to use the phrase “A More Perfect Union” in campaign speeches? Or, alternatively, which party refers to the “Founder Fathers” more often? Schocket's history lesson is a reminder of the importance of stories and memory in passing the ideals of liberty on to the next generation.


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