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    The American Revolution

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

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    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 achievements of…

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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 by…

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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 Novel, published by…

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    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 Franklin one of the…

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    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 "popular” and…

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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 family, and his…

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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 America’s…

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