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    Teaching Constitutional History

    Explaining the Constitution and encouraging students to have an interest in America’s founding can be difficult for many teachers. Next, radio talk show host Diane Rehm moderates…

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    Book Discussion on The Idea of America

    Gordon Wood talked about his book The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States. He was interviewed by Richard Brookhiser onstage at the New York Historical…

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    Book Discussion on Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

    Gordon Wood talked about his book, Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different, published by Penguin Press. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning author described the greatest…

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    Book Discussion on The Idea of America

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood presented a series of essays that examines the underpinnings of the American Revolution. Mr. Wood explored the origins of American…

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    The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War

    History Professor Gordon Wood opened a conference on the “Origins of the Civil War.” Professor Wood talked about the emerging sectional split from the Revolution to about 1820…

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    Book Discussion on Empire of Liberty

    Gordon Wood talked about his book Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford University Press, USA, 2009). In his book he presents a history of the United States…

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    In Depth with Gordon Wood

    Historian Gordon Wood talked about his life, career, and his books on the American Revolution, the making of the Constitution, and the importance of historical study. He responded to…

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    Aristocracy and the Founders

    Historian Gordon Wood talked about the Founding Fathers' attitudes and beliefs about aristocracy in America, where “titles of nobility” are prohibited by the Constitution, but…

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    Book Discussion on Empire of Liberty

    Gordon Wood talked about his book Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford University Press, USA (October 28, 2009). In his book he presents a history of the…

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    Book Discussion on The Purposes of the Past

    Gordon Wood talked about the concept of “presentism", or the tendency of historians to view the past from the perspective of the present. He also talked about the gap between…

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    Q&A with Gordon Wood

    Historian Gordon Wood talked about his book The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History, published by Penguin Press. This book is a collection of his reviews of works…

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    After Words with Gordon Wood

    Gordon Wood talked about his book, Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different, published by Penguin Press. Professor Wood assessed the contributions of eight of…

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    Life & Times of Benjamin Franklin

    Three of the most prominent recent biographers of Benjamin Franklin participated in a discussion at the National Constitution Center. Jim Lehrer, who wrote The Franklin Affair: A…

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    Book Discussion on The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

    Mr. Wood was interviewed about his book, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, published by The Penguin Press. In the book, the author argues that while many people consider…

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    Book Discussion on The American Revolution: A History

    Mr. Wood talked about his latest book The American Revolution: A History. The book is a synthesis of several treatments and approaches of the subject, offering a comprehensive of the…

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    Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson

    The panel discussed the relationship between Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. Topics included the social implications of interracial sex in the 18th century, Jefferson’s…

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