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2010 Celebration! — Franklin's Legacy: American National Character


Dr. Sheldon Hackney
and Dr. Franklin

Who are these Americans? How, in a land of diversity and complexity, have we forged a single distinct identity?

This year's birthday celebration, which pays tribute to the legacy of Dr. Franklin, explores the concept of American character — how American see themselves and how they are perceived, and how this has evolved over the course of history.

The annual Franklin Founders Award was presented to Dr. Sheldon Hackney, who has studied the development of American Character throughout his distinguished career. He has served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, president of the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a Professor of US History at Penn.

Seminars

Walter A. McDougall, “Americans as Hustlers,” Sheldon Hackney, “Freedom and Identity,” moderated by Barbara Dianne Savage, introduction by Roy Goodman.

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Walter A. McDougall, Sheldon Hackney, Barbara Dianne Savage

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Barbara Dianne Savage, Moderator
Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Your Spirits Walk Beside Us

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Sheldon Hackney, “Freedom and Identity”

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Walter A. McDougall, “Americans as Hustlers”
Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Heavens and the Earth

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