On this episode, we talk with longtime writer, journalist and professor Robert Strauss about his new book, "John Marshall: The Final Founder." Strauss argues that America's fourth chief justice, John Marshall, deserves to be on a short list with Benjamin Franklin and George Washington as the nation's most important founders. Strauss explains how Marshall made the Federal court system worthwhile, and how the Founding Era wasn't over until Marshall's imprint was felt everywhere. Strauss also uses Marshall's life to explore how history is passed down, and how we can consume it to make our nation stronger. Strauss says Marshall played important roles in many of America's key moments in its first half-century. His life, Strauss says, is the vehicle by which we can understand how America solidified itself as a nation.

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