Normally I hate postings that include little more than a video clip from youtube. It comes off as being a cheap way to contribute to or run a blog. Every once in a while, however, there is a video that is definitely worth watching and posting.
Such is the case with the video I have chosen to post here. It was given to me by fellow blogger Brad Hart. The video is essentially a speech and Q&A session with historian Gordon Wood, who is one of the foremost (if not THE foremost) historians of early America. In this video, Wood discusses some of the current historiography of the early American republic, with a strong emphasis on how religion influenced America's founding. Wood then explains how and why so many people in American society today misinterpret the religion of the founding fathers. This is one of the best seminars/interviews with an early American historian that I have ever seen.