1776: The American Character

Share it with your friends Like

Thanks! Share it with your friends!


A conversation on the relevance of 1776 as well as how we show our history.

This webinar functions Conor Friedersdorf, a staff writer at The Atlantic; Bob Woodson, owner as well as president of the Woodson Center as well as 1776 Unites; and Jason Ross, associate professor as well as associate dean of Liberty University’s Helms School of Government. The conversation was regulated by Bruce Gilley, Professor of Political Science at Portland State University and also a participant of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Scholars.


There are several days that try the year that America was really established: 1619, as the New York Times suggests; 1620, as we reviewed in our last webinar; 1789, the year of the Constitution’s fostering; as well as 1863, at the rebirth of a country with a bloody civil war and also the hefty words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. For the majority of Americans, no date can contend with the actual day of America’s birth in the words penned by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.

In 1776, a collection of unmanageable swarms withstood their king, declared self-reliance, and created a brand-new country. Annually, we Americans commemorate this event on July 4th, our Independence Day.
But that hasn’t solved the debate: is 1776 absolutely America’s beginning year? Europeans conquered the New World for nearly 200 years before the Founders signed the Declaration of Independence. Does noting the nation’s beginning in 1776 omit part of America’s story?

Especially, the suitables of the Declaration of Independence and also the American Constitution stopped working to provide equivalent rights for most occupants of America for nearly 200 years after King George sent a fleet to subdue the foundling uprising. Does celebrating the year 1776 omit those who were unable to obtain equivalent rights?