The JuntoCast, Episode 15: “Founders” in Early America

The JuntoCastWe’re happy to bring you the fifteenth episode of “The JuntoCast.”

In this month’s episode, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, and Roy Rogers pick apart the notion of “founders,” including the individualism that forms the foundation of our cultural memory of the Revolution, the idea of “second-tier” or “forgotten” founders and how those tiers are constructed, and the recent redefinition of what constitutes a “founder” and its impact on how we understand the American Revolution.

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Further Reading

Adair, Douglass. Fame and the Founding Fathers: Essays by Douglass Adair. Edited by H. Trevor Colbourn. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1974.

America’s Forgotten Founders. Edited by Gary L. Gregg and Mark David Hall. Wilmington: ISI Books, 2012.

Bernstein, R B. The Founding Fathers Reconsidered. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic. Edited by Jeffrey L. Pasley, David Waldstreicher, and Andrew W. Robertson. David Waldstreicher. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Burnard, Trevor. “Review: The Founding Fathers in Early American Historiography: A View From Abroad.” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 62, no. 4 (2005): 745–764.

Kammen, Michael G. A Season of Youth: The American Revolution & the Historical Imaginative. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988.

McConville, Brendan. “Sage of the Small Screen: HBO’s John Adams.” Historically Speaking 10, no. 1 (2009): 9–10.

Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation. Edited by Alfred F. Young, Ray Raphael, and Gary B. Nash. New York: Knopf, 2011.

Schocket, Andrew M. Fighting Over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution. New York: NYU Press, 2015.

–––. “Little Founders on the Small Screen: Interpreting a Multicultural American Revolution for Children’s Television.” Journal of American Studies 45, no. 1 (2010): 145–163.

Sedgwick, Theodore, Jr. A Memoir of the Life of William Livingston. New York: Printed and Published by J. & J. Harper, 1833.

Waldstreicher, David. “Founders Chic as Culture War.” Radical History Review 84 (2002): 185–194.

Wilentz, Sean. “America Made Easy: McCullough, Adams, and the Decline of Popular History.” The New Republic, July 2, 2001.

Young, Alfred F. The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.

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