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Magna Carta and Liberty: Edward the Confessor to the Glorious Revolution

Recorded on December 11, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In the second of the Portrait of Liberty Lecture Series, Professor Campbell will examine the traditions of liberty and limited government which were nurtured in a Christian culture that predated the Magna Carta of 1215.  The most important rallying cry of the rule of law throughout the centuries was restoration of the laws of Edward the Confessor.  The tradition of liberty gained strength in the 17th century when Sir Edward Coke through his writings and actions opposed the tyrannical actions of the Stuart Kings. Professor Campbell will reflect on these issues, as well as the Glorious Revolution of 1688, with graphic portrayals of the principal figures and places involved, knit together with an appropriate piece of music. 

Dr. William F. Campbell taught economics for 32 years at Louisiana State University. He became a Professor Emeritus of Economics in 1998. He has served as the Secretary of The Philadelphia Society since 1995. President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the National Graduate Fellowship Board from 1985-1990. In 1988 Professor Campbell was a Bradley Scholar at the Heritage Foundation. In that same year he joined the Board of Trustees of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. From 1991-1995 Professor Campbell served as President of the Association of Christian Economists. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Professor Campbell has published numerous scholarly articles in publications ranging from the American Economic Review, History of Political Economy, to Modern Age and The Intercollegiate Review. He has contributed scholarly introductions to two books by Wilhelm Roepke, The Social Crisis of Our Time and The Moral Foundations of Civil Society, both published by Transactions Press.

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