• 00:15    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:25    |    
    Historical background of the Declaration of Independence
    • The battles of Lexington and Concord
    • Battle of Bunker Hill
    • Colonists attempt negotiation with the British
  • 07:47    |    
    The Declaration of Independence
    • Philadelphia
    • British monarchy and parliament
  • 12:21    |    
    Reasons behind the Declaration of Independence
  • Failed negotiations
  • 18:15    |    
    Thomas Jefferson
    • Jefferson's opposition to slavery
    • Slavery: the unsolvable problem
    • Situation with Sally Hemings
    • Sally Hemings's background and relationship to Jefferson
    • Jefferson's children with Hemings and mixed ancestry
  • 39:46    |    
    Impact of slavery in the South
  • Continued racism
  • 44:15    |    
    Final credits

The Founding Fathers: Colonial and Early National America (Day 4, Part I)

New Media  | 26 de noviembre de 2009  | Vistas: 9

About this video

On July 4, 1776 the thirteen American colonies issued the Declaration of Independence after repeated attempts to negotiate the settlement of disputes with the British government failed. In this session, Ralph Anske examines the reasons behind the Declaration of Independence and the life of its principal author, Thomas Jefferson. Anske explains that although Jefferson owned slaves, his writing often reflects his opposition to slavery. Anske discusses the relationships between slaves and their owners in the southern colonies as well as the debate regarding any children Jefferson may have had with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves. Finally, Anske explores the legacy of racism in the South. 

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The Founding Fathers: Colonial and Early National America (Day 4, Part I)
Ralph Anske

Business School Building, EN-203
Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Guatemala, November 26, 2009

New Media - UFM production.  Guatemala, April 2010
Camera: Mario Estrada; digital editing: Adrián Méndez; index and synopsis: Ximena García; content revisers: Sofía Díaz, Jennifer Keller; publication: Carlos Petz/Daphne Ortiz


Ralph D. Anske is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer. During…


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

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