This podcast is a recorded interview with Richard Schumann of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, who was the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s annual Social Studies and Fine Arts conference on February 2, 2008. The title of the conference was Revolutionary Matters: “The Virginia Firebrand of the American Revolution.” Schumann portrays Patrick Henry at Colonial Williamsburg, and in keynote addresses like the one he shared yesterday here in Oklahoma City. I asked him for advice he has for a nation beset by divisions and factions. I also asked him about his well known disagreements with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and Mr. Henry discussed issues of both agreement and disagreement with Mr. Jefferson and Mr. Madison. I asked him how he sees our nation as able to use the lamp of experience to light our way in our “new” experiment of democratic and republican self-government. I also asked him about his recommendations of political philosophers to read, and found his discussion of Thomas Paine, John Locke, Machiavelli, Montesquieu, and “the good book” (the Holy Bible) to be illuminating and thought provoking. He concluded by exhorting our young people to take their responsibilities as citizens seriously, and persevere despite frustrations and failures in their lives. As he said, NEVER GIVE UP.


Show Notes:

  1. The Colonial Williamsburg website and Foundation
  2. Patrick Henry on WikiPedia
  3. John Locke on WikiPedia
  4. Niccolò Machiavelli on WikiPedia
  5. Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu on WikiPedia
  6. Oklahoma Department of Education’s 2008 Social Studies and Fine Arts Conference

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