The Founding and Refounding of the United States of America

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Thursdays, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. , 4-week course (2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25) 

The United States is a country with strong founding ideals, but that founding has happened several times and with important differences among those ideals.  We were founded in 1776 and refounded in 1787.  Or was the first founding really 1619?  And how about 1865?  Or 1933?  Where do we look to find our bearings?  Where do our worst practices, like slavery, fit in this? This course will look at our founding moments, our divergent ideals, and the conversation we are having among them.  Doug Bennett taught political philosophy and public policy at Temple University, Reed College, and Earlham College. He retired as president of Earlham in 2011.