Aristocracy and the Founders

Historian Gordon Wood talked about the Founding Fathers' attitudes and beliefs about aristocracy in America, where “titles of… read more

Historian Gordon Wood talked about the Founding Fathers' attitudes and beliefs about aristocracy in America, where “titles of nobility” are prohibited by the Constitution, but where aristocratic elements of privilege and power nevertheless have survived. The men who espoused the radical idea that all are created equal shared the tradition of British aristocracy, and Professor Emeritus Wood examined how their beliefs differed from or mirrored those held in England, which beliefs have lingered, and what their effects have been. He responded to questions from members of the audience. Professor Berkin moderated.

“Aristocracy and the Founders” was a program held Monday, December 7, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in the F.M. Kirby Auditorium. It was the final program in a series on the nature of aristocracy and America’s fascination with royalty, held in conjunction with the “Diana: A Celebration” traveling exhibition about the life and work of the Princess of Wales. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Jan 10, 2010
Last Aired:
Jan 11, 2010

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  • Jan 10, 2010 | 1:52pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 10, 2010 | 7:53pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 11, 2010 | 1:53am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 11, 2010 | 7:53am EST | C-SPAN 3
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