American Origins: Variety and Purpose

In 1787 America found itself on the eve of its constitutional convention, the process by which the aims and ideals of the American Revolution became politically explicit. Gary Nash and Thomas Slaughter discuss questions such as these: What were the circumstances of life in the early republic? How did Americans think about and express the beginnings of their national identity?

At the time of this interview, Nash was professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Slaughter was professor of history at Rutgers University.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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