TITLE: Congress: Crucible of American Democracy
SPEAKER: Steven Stathis
EVENT DATE: 2008/05/29
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 69 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Though often treated by historians, political scientists and the American public as of lesser consequence than the Executive Branch, the U.S. Congress has historically served as the crucible of American democracy. In continual interaction and evolution as an institution, Congress has molded and directed national policy affecting the lives of virtually every American citizen. Its history is as diverse and complex as the nation and is waiting to be told in its entirety. Steve Stathis' continuing effort to capture the essence of that story focuses on the historical evolution of the twin functions of Congress--to legislate for the nation and to represent the people.
Speaker Biography: Steve Stathis was a 2006 Kluge Staff Fellow.