The Virtuous Republic: A Civic Conversation

On Saturday, March 25, 2006, the online journal Archipelago sponsored a conversation at the Virginia Festival of the Book with the historians Barbara Clark Smith and Mark McGarvie. Katherine McNamara was moderator.

Mark McGarvie is the author of One Nation Under Law: America’s Early National Struggles to Separate Church and State (Cambridge University Press) and co-editor of Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American History. He received the J.D. and Ph.D. from Indiana University and is adjunct professor at University of Richmond. He specializes in early American intellectual and legal history.

Barbara Clark Smith is a curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, where she specializes in the history of politics and movements for reform. She has curated major exhibitions at the National Museum, and is working on a book on the topic of forms of liberty enjoyed by subjects of the British monarchy in 18th-century North America that became unavailable to citizens under the new United States in the 19th century, to be called The Freedomes We Lost: A History of Consent in Revolutionary America.

Katherine McNamara is Editor and Publisher of Archipelago.

The Virginia Festival of the Book is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. For more podcasts from the 2006 festival, visit the U.Va Podcast site.