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Lecture Marks Second Annual Event in Series Honoring the Late Carl Buchholz

At a time when our nation seems more divided than ever, Pulitzer Prize-winner and #1 New York Times best-selling author Jon Meacham offers a message of optimism: that America has been through worse and survived. 

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Heidi Ross

On Thursday, Sept. 20, Meacham will discuss his new book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels (Random House, 2018), at the Museum of the American Revolution from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Museum’s Patriots Gallery.  

In The Soul of America, Meacham explores dark moments in American history and argues that our current climate of partisan division is not new. He sheds light on the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in U.S. history when hope overcame division and fear.

Meacham encourages readers not just to learn from the lessons of the past, but to take action by summoning what President Lincoln called ‘the better angels of our nature,’ including decency, generosity, and integrity.

“Meacham has become one of America’s most earnest and thoughtful biographers and historians… He employs all of those skills in The Soul of America, a thoroughly researched and smoothly written roundup of some of the worst parts of American history and how they were gradually overcome.” – USA Today

The event is the second annual Carl Buchholz Memorial Lecture, a series established by the generosity of the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Carl Buchholz, former vice chairman of the Museum’s Board of Directors. The series was created to honor his public service and to explore the political thought of the American Revolution and its national relevance today. Those interested in contributing to the endowment for this annual lecture can contact [email protected].

"Soul of America" book cover

“Carl Buchholz was an important member of our leadership team at a critical time in the Museum’s development,” said General John P. Jumper, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Directors and Acting President and CEO. “This lecture series honors his service in the founding of the Museum.”

Ticket prices are $30 for students, $35 for members, and $45 for general admission, and include a signed copy of Meacham’s new book, The Soul of America. Tickets can be purchased here.

Jon Meacham is a renowned presidential historian, contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, contributing editor at TIME, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His biography of President Bush, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush (2015), was a #1 New York Times bestseller and was named one of the ten best books of the year by The Washington Post and one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, National Public Radio, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Meacham’s other New York Times bestsellers include Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2013); American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation (2007); and Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship (2004). He is currently working on a biography of James and Dolley Madison.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit or call 877.740.1776.