The American Experiment: A 21st Century Assessment with Rogers M. Smith

12/19/2011; 59 minutes

Rogers M. Smith, Political Science University of Pennsylvania, explores what many founders called the the "American Experiment" in government embodied in the U.S. Constitution: a democratic republic, without a national church, devoted to fostering commerce, scientific progress and realizing the national motto, "E Pluribus Unum." Two and a third centuries later, whether America's constitutional democracy can form a more perfect union out of its ever-growing economic, religious, and racial and ethnic diversity is again the central test of the "American Experiment." (#23025)

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