Why did Britain, rather than Spain or France, come to dominate North America? With what spirits did Britons embark on colonization, and how did those sentiments lead to the “Spirit of ’76”? How did colonists define liberty and how did they reconcile those competing definitions in the process of becoming a nation? Where did the Bill of Rights come from, especially the unprecedented embrace of freedom of conscience? Did the Founders mean to expel religion from the public square or empower religion by removing it from mere politics?
In conjunction with the publication of Walter McDougall’s new book Freedom Just Around the Corner, 1585-1828: A Candid History of the United States, Vol. 1, the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Marvin Wachman Fund for International Education is pleased to announce its 2004 History Institute for Teachers on “New Perspectives on the Genesis of the USA.”