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American Founders inspired by Classical Greece and Rome: Classicism in Republicanism, Liberal and Early U.S. Education

Classicism in Liberal Education and Republicanism: A number of the American founders were classicists, and were trained in the classical education, which was characteristic of Enlightenment Liberal, or Republican thought, and was once therefore integral to education in the U.S. It should also be kept in mind, that the first U.S. president, George Washington was honored on Masonic rites at his Presidential Inauguration.

“Neither my father or mother, grandfather or grandmother, great grandfather or great grandmother, nor any other relation that I know of, or care a farthing for, has been in England these one hundred and fifty years; so that you see I have not one drop of blood in my veins but what is American.

To an ambassador, 1785, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: Autobiography, 1851, by Charles F. Adams, pg. 392.


Section I. The Adoration of Enlightenment and Classicism in Republicanism and Liberalism; and Section II. Classicism in Early U.S. Education.  

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