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Read the Revolution Speaker Series with Gordon Wood

In his latest book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times bestseller Dr. Gordon S. Wood distills a lifetime of work on constitutional innovations during the Revolutionary era. Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution illuminates critical events from the imperial debate in the 1760s that led to the Declaration of Independence, to state constitution-making in 1776 and the creation of the Federal Constitution in 1787. Exploring how Americans have experienced the nature of power, liberty, representation, rights, and other issues, Wood will present debates over the foundational legal and political documents of the United States with timely insights on the Constitution.

As the second event in the 2021-2022 Read the Revolution Speaker Series, this program will be held Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Museum’s Liberty Hall. It also will be broadcast live via Zoom Webinar. Dr. Philip C. Mead, Chief Historian and Curator at the Museum, will join Wood for a seated conversation and live Q&A with the onsite and online audiences. Doors open at 6 p.m. for onsite guests to see a featured artifact, enjoy refreshments at a cash bar, and have the opportunity to purchase a book signed by the author.

Health & Safety Note
This is a hybrid event with onsite and online tickets available. Onsite tickets include an option to access the online Zoom Webinar link and participate from home. If you are feeling unwell, please use the Zoom link to view the program online. All onsite guests ages five and up will be required to wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status. The health and safety of our visitors, staff, and community remains our top priority. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will communicate any changes prior to the event. 

About Dr. Gordon S. Wood

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Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. He is the author of many books, including The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association; The Radicalism of the American Revolution, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize; The American Revolution: A History; The Americanization of Benjamin FranklinRevolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different, which was a New York Times bestseller; Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (OUP, 2009), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the American History Book Prize from the New-York Historical Society; and Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. He is a regular reviewer for the New York Review of Books.

Read the Revolution is sponsored by The Haverford Trust Company.

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