- DURATION 60 mins
A little over 230 years ago a group of men meeting in City Hall in Philadelphia drafted a document, a constitution. They did more than that; they created a new nation, the United States of America. The constitution endured, and the nation has grown to embrace an entire subcontinent of 350 million people. Chris Forse will explore the world of the Founding Fathers, their ideas, their hopes and their differences, and assess their impact through the history of the USA to the present day, a history that embraces the pinnacle of human flourishing and of sordid inequities. Today, this venerated document may be under greater challenge than at any time since the Civil War of the mid-19th Century as its contradictions and inconsistencies are exposed, and its institutions captured. Can it further endure?
- Duration: 60 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
Meet the Host, Chris
Chris Forse is a retired teacher and administrator who spent 33 years in Hong Kong where he was also a sometime columnist and radio panel guest. He has travelled widely, enjoys travel photography and self-publishing and is a reputed speaker on travel, history and politics in the Midlands where he was for six years chairman of one of England’s largest U3As. He has produced several talks for Rest Less including his travel experiences in North America and China, and on the history of the Lake District.
Preparing for the Event
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