In this episode, we witness the debate that raged over the birth of what is perhaps the most powerful idea in history; the idea that supports our ability to make the world a better place, and the idea that defines the meaning of America. This is the idea that conversation, that argument, that free expression represent the best path to progress and to justice for all, and that to institutionalize this idea via a Constitutional right to the freedom of speech is the best way to preserve a prosperous society.
A historian named Joseph Ellis captured the story of that debate in Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation,which won the Pulitzer Prize in History, and in this episode we’re going to learn why this most prestigious honor was so well deserved.
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