David Stewart is available to speak on the following topics:
- When Aaron Burr Shook the Nation’s Foundation – Between 1805 and 1807, the charismatic Burr organized a western expedition that was part foreign invasion, part domestic insurrection, and all adventure. When it collapsed, Burr was cast into the shadow of the gallows, facing treason charges before Chief Justice John Marshall in the most important trial in our history. A startling story.
- The Summer of 1787 — An overview of why the United States needed a Constitution in the summer of 1787, and the leading figures who molded it.
- Leadership Lessons of the Constitutional Convention — A consideration of the strategies for leadership and persuasion that key delegates employed to build consensus on the need for the Constitution and forge agreement on bitterly contested issues.
- How History Lies — Using vivid examples from the founding of the nation through the bitter Civil War, this talk challenges readers to evaluate the quality of the information conveyed to them and reveals the shaky foundations for some of our favorite historical anecdotes.
- The First Presidential Impeachment and the Legacy of Abraham Lincoln — Examining the toxic political climate that followed the Civil War and nearly removed Andrew Johnson from the presidency in his 1868 trial before the Senate, this talk refutes widespread fallacies about what happened, why, and what it meant.