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Caroline Winterer
Professor of History, Stanford University

Caroline Winterer is professor of history at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Humanities Center. Her most recent book is American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason (2016).

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American genesis

In treating the nation’s founders as holy relics, America forgets they were revolutionaries and risk-takers

Caroline Winterer

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