Seven Virginians: The Men Who Shaped Our Republic

National Archives Museum

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Author John B. Boyles reveals the integral role played by seven major Virginians before, during, and after the American Revolution: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, George Mason, Patrick Henry, and John Marshall. Most accounts of the founding generation focus only on the activities of the “big three”—Washington, Jefferson, and Madison—but Boles incorporates the key contributions of these other four important figures to the political and legal structures that govern the United States to this day. At the same time, Boles will discuss the Revolutionary generation’s problems and their fading from the scene, inaugurating the beginnings of Virginia’s political decline in the early 19th century. Joining the author in conversation will be John Ragosta, Acting Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.

book cover of '7 Virginians

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