On March 27, 2007, Pulitzer Prize winner Gordon Wood discussed his recent book, Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different, at a North Carolina History Project Headliner Luncheon. He emphasized the Founders’ character and spoke at length about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Paine, and Aaron Burr. Wood stressed, in particular, that the Founders, although great men, were products of a particular time and place. They comprised a unique generation because they balanced the democratic values of liberty and equality with the aristocratic values of nobility and refinement.
His talk, in its entirety, can be viewed here.
An interview with Gordon Wood, with questions about the individual Founders, can be viewed here.