Book Discussion on Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

Historian John Milton Cooper, Jr., argued that the roots of the modern American state go back further than President Franklin D. Roosevelt,… read more

Historian John Milton Cooper, Jr., argued that the roots of the modern American state go back further than President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to the pioneering administration of Woodrow Wilson. He began his talk by highlighting the parallels between Wilson’s presidency and the circumstances presently facing President Barack Obama. In his book Woodrow Wilson: A Biography (Knopf; November 3, 2009), the first new biography of the 28th president to be published in two decades, he shows how President Wilson, an intellectual, internationalist, and rigorous secularist, looked to the natural and social sciences as he searched for ways to address domestic inequalities and bring about world peace. Then two political historians made their comments on the book before joining Professor Cooper in a discussion of President Wilson’s personality as well as his policies. They responded to quetions from members of the audience.

This book launch event was sponsored by the United States Studies Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center at 3:00 p.m. on November 10, 2009. close

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  • Cooper, John Milton Jr. Professor Emeritus University of Wisconsin-Madison->History Department
  • Michel, Sonya Director Wilson (Woodrow) International Center for Scholars->United States Studies
  • Patterson, David S. General Editor National Archives and Records Administration
  • Ribuffo, Leo Distinguished Professor George Washington University->History Department
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Book Discussion on Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

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Dec 5, 2009
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