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Gordon Wood

Originally posted June 2006

Revolutionary Characters

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Is our reverence for America's founding fathers based, in part, on a wish that today's leaders were even half as good? Historian Gordon Wood argues that it may be an empty wish. He says in his book "Revolutionary Characters" that the kind of egalitarian democracy the founders created may, ironically, make it all but impossible to ever again see such a collection of political and intellectual talent in one place at one time.

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