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Joseph J. Ellis is one of the nation's leading scholars of American history and is the author of 11 books. Ellis was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation and his in-depth chronicle of the life of our first president, His Excellency: George Washington, was a New York Times bestseller.

Joseph Ellis on Washington's Leadership

Podcast: Joseph Ellis on George Washington’s legacy (Part 1)


Martin Di Caro, host of the History As It Happens podcast, travels to Mount Vernon inside the Washington Library with special guests Joseph Ellis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning scholar of the founding era, and historian Doug Bradburn, Mount Vernon’s president and chief executive.

Podcast: Joseph Ellis on George Washington’s legacy (Part 2)


For part two of the History As It Happens podcast, host Martin Di Caro talks to Joseph Ellis and Doug Bradburn about the challenge of presenting a balanced portrait of Washington’s legacy during the ongoing national reckoning over race.

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