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The Feuding Fathers

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 9:00 am
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Last month during a commencement address, President Obama appealed for civility during these difficult partisan times. However, the shouts of "You Lie" and name calling is really nothing new. Steamy, polarized rhetoric has been around since the days of the founding fathers, who set off plenty of political fireworks, often aiming them at each other. Thomas Paine called President Washington treacherous and a hypocrite -- and that was just what he said in public. Join us for an early jump on the Independence Day celebration with a look back at the way things really were and comparing it to the political rancor of today.


Alvin Felzenberg, Author, The Leaders We Deserved (And a Few We Didn't) & Writer, Lecturer, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Mercieca, Author, Founding Fictions & Associate Professor of Communication, Texas A&M University
Justin Vaughn, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Cleveland State University

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