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In this episode, Dr. Kevin C. Butterfield sits down with research fellow Dr. James Hrdlicka to discuss his latest findings on the origins and development of American democratic constitutionalism.


James Hrdlicka focuses on the origins and development of American democratic constitutionalism. His book project, a study of Massachusetts from the late colonial period through the ratification of the United States Constitution, explores why Americans embraced constitutional government amidst the warfare and transformation of empire that defined the founding era. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and has been a postdoctoral fellow with the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy and the Jack Miller Center at the University of Pennsylvania.


Kevin C. Butterfield is the new Executive Director of the Washington Library. He comes to Mount Vernon from the University of Oklahoma, where he served as the Director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and Constitutional Studies Program, holding an appointment as the Wick Cary Professor and Associate Professor of Classics and Letters.

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