Grateful American™ Radio Show

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What Does It Mean to Be a Grateful American?


What is the value of teaching more kids and adults about American history?

That’s the question that Jim Basker asked GratefulAmericanFoundation.com founder David Bruce Smith.

Basker clearly knows the value of having a comprehensive view of American history. Since 1997, he has been the president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which is headquartered in New York City.

In that role, he has overseen the development of history education initiatives nationwide, including history high schools, teacher seminars, traveling exhibitions, digital archives, and the National History Teacher of the Year Award program.

He has also served as project director for several history exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society, including “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America,” (2004–2005); “Lincoln in His Own Words: An Intimate View of Our Greatest President,” (2009); and “John Brown: The Abolitionist and His Legacy (2009–2010).”

Plus, Basker is an elected member of the Society of American Historians, and a former fellow of the American Antiquarian Society.

And if that’s not impressive enough, Basker is also founder and president of OxBridge Academic Programs, which has sponsored summer programs and teacher seminars in Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, and Barcelona for more than 20 years.

In this podcast interview, Basker asks Smith:

  • What inspired you to create the Grateful American Foundation?
  • What are your plans and goals for the Foundation?
  • You’ve shared that your father, Robert H. Smith, was a grateful American. How did that impact your life?
  • Your grandfather, Charles E. Smith, was a developer and also an immigrant. What lessons did your dad learn from him — and also what life lessons did he teach you?
  • You are also an author of several books on historical figures — including Abraham Lincoln and John Marshall. Tell us about those books.
  • What’s next for the Grateful American series?

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Click here to learn more about the Grateful American Foundation.

Click here to learn more about Jim Basker’s Gilder Lehrman Institute.

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