Lead: In the 1980s a group of scholars suggested that Native Americans might have had a part in shaping American government. Academic war followed. 

                Intro.: Dan Roberts and 'A Moment in Time,' with 'Jamestown - Journey of Democracy,' tracing the global advance of democratic ideals since the founding of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

                Content: The study of history can be a minefield for those who have a new idea. When in the 1980s historians Bruce Johansen, Donald Grinde and Barbara Mann began to suggest that Native American concepts and practices, specifically the Great Law of the Haudenosaunee (ho dee noe sho nee), the Iroquois Alliance, may have had some influence on the construct of the new American republic, they found themselves in the center of bitter, scholarly and cultural debate.

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