Aired: June 30, 1996

Rival Visions: The Political Legacies of Adams and Jefferson

Topics: history


Few historians question the contributions of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to democracy, but the two giants seldom saw eye to eye. Both were egotistical, opinionated, and downright ornery, and each had his vision of the role of government and the rights of citizens. Clinch Valley College historian Garrett Sheldon, author of The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson, joins University of Virginia historian Peter Onuf for a frank discussion of these far-from-flawless founding fathers.


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