John Ragosta, a historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, has taught law and history at the University of Virginia, George Washington University, and Hamilton, Oberlin, and Randolph Colleges. Dr. Ragosta’s newest book, For the People, For the Country: Patrick Henry’s Final Political Battle, was released in August 2023 by the University of Virginia Press. He is also the author of Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Legacy, America’s Creed, and Wellspring of Liberty: How Virginia’s Religious Dissenters Helped to Win the American Revolution & Secured Religious Liberty. He is co-editor of European Friends of the American Revolution and The Founding of Thomas Jefferson’s University. An award-winning author and frequent commentator, Ragosta holds both a PhD and a JD from the University of Virginia. Before returning to academia, Dr. Ragosta was a partner at Dewey Ballantine LLP. He is also a beekeeper, and was a Virginia Humanities Fellow.


Patrick Henry’s Final Political Battle

March 23, 2024 1PM – 2:30PM

For the People, For the Country: Patrick Henry’s Final Political Battle tells the remarkable story of how the most eloquent public speaker of the American Revolutionary era once again changed history.


The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution

March 24, 2024 11AM – 12:30PM

In her new book, presidential historian Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky explores how, when faced with crises and instability, George Washington created a cabinet of advisors and a structure of how it would guide him.

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