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Gordon S. Wood

Gordon S. Wood is a preeminent scholar of the American Revolution and the early Republic. He is the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history emeritus at Brown. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Tufts and his Ph.D. from Harvard. He taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Brown in 1969. Wood’s 1992 book, The Radicalism of the American Revolution, won the Pulitzer Prize for history and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize. He is the author of The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 (1969), which won the Bancroft Prize in history and the John H. Dunning Prize in 1970; The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (2004), which won the Julia Ward Howe Prize from the Boston Authors Club in 2005; and a number of other distinguished books on early American history. His volume in the Oxford History of the United States, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, published in October 2009, was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in history. The Pulitzer committee described it as “a lucid exploration of a turbulent era when a profoundly changing America, despite the sin of slavery, came to see itself as a beacon to the world.” He is currently editing John Adams’s manuscript letters, and has published two of four volumes for the Library of America. He is now working on the final two volumes that take Adams from 1784 to his death in 1826. Wood is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.