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Video: George Mason And The American Tradition Of Dissent

October 4, 2016 by NCC Staff


In a special symposium, acclaimed historians and scholars Fergus Bordewich, Linda Monk, Julie Silverbrook, Stephen Solomon, David O. Stewart, and Ralph Young discuss George Mason — one of the three dissenters of the Constitution — and the role dissent has played in shaping America.

The event took place on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. An event replay is available in the player after below.

The event lineup included:

12:00 – 12:05 p.m.: Welcome Remarks

Scott Stroh, Executive Director, Gunston Hall

12:05 – 12:20 p.m.: Keynote Address

Tom Donnelly, Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies, National Constitution Center

12:20 – 1:20 p.m.: George Mason and America’s Founding: Mason’s Constitutional Legacy

Historians David O. Stewart and Fergus Bordewich, and Julie Silverbrook, executive director of The Constitutional Sources Project, discuss Mason’s constitutional legacy, including his influence on the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and his relationship with key Founding Fathers. Scott Stroh, executive director at Gunston Hall, moderates.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: George Mason, the First Amendment, and the American Tradition of Dissent

Constitutional scholar Linda Monk, Stephen Solomon, author of Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created the Freedom of Speech, and Ralph Young, author of Dissent: The History of an American Idea, discuss Mason’s role as a key dissenter, the birth of the First Amendment, and the importance of the tradition of dissent in American history. Michael Gerhardt, scholar-in-residence at the National Constitution Center, moderates.


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