An Exceptional History: The Birth of American Democracy

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An Exceptional History: The Birth of American Democracy

  • Huntington University
15 Talks on 5 CDs
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This brilliant course celebrates the American experiment to test a revolutionary form of government. Today, democracy remains at the core of our nation’s political, social, and economic organization. Now, you can explore its miraculous and fragile origins in the colonial and revolutionary eras (1607–1790).

In 15 erudite lectures, history professor and author Jeffrey B. Webb gets you to realize that there was nothing inevitable about the coming of democracy to America. Specializing in early American history and culture, Prof. Webb begins by revealing how much the weight of history, tradition, and colonists’ contemporary experience counseled against democratic systems of government.

The recipient of numerous teaching and research awards—including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities—Prof. Webb guides you through key moments in American history at which our future democratic institutions were shaped and tested.

Throughout, you’ll discover the stories of less-familiar people and events from our history: John Winthrop, Robert Keayne, and Bacon’s Rebellion, to name a few. In these unsung stories, you will find not only the appeal of democratic ideas but also the disruptive nature of democratic values.

In the end, you will appreciate the American system of government as the most outstanding of contributions by the United States to world history. 

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Topic Titles
  • A Government Nobody Wanted
  • The Virginia House of Burgesses
  • Aboard the Mayflower
  • Goody Sherman’s Sow
  • Dissidents
  • Nathaniel Bacon’s Rebellion
  • New Directions
  • The Charter of Privileges
  • Apes in Purple Robes
  • Creating a Public Sphere
  • Making an Interest
  • Inflection Points
  • Trial and Error
  • America’s Critical Period
  • Epilogue
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Jeffrey B. Webb (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is an expert on American history and culture. A professor of history at Huntington University, he is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books, articles, and university-level courses traverse a wide range of fields in American history, including early American politics, twentieth-century environmental history, and history of American religious traditions. Prof. Webb served as the general editor for multi-volume encyclopedias on such diverse topics as American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales and Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American History. He is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Christianity and several scholarly articles on the impact of watershed redesign projects in America’s rural communities. Over the course of his twenty-year career of research and teaching, he has written and lectured widely on the subject of colonial American politics and political culture, including presentations at the Beijing Institute of Technology, the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, and numero...

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