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2017 Adams Lecture: Gordon S. Wood

November 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Gordon S. Wood will speak about his new duel biography, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson at the 12th Adams Lecture on Monday, November 6 at 7 p.m. nJefferson, an optimist with enough faith in the innate goodness of his fellow man to be democracy’s champion, was an aristocratic Southern slave owner. Adams, the overachiever from New England’s rising middling classes, painfully aware he was no aristocrat, was a skeptic about popular rule and a defender of a more elitist view of government. Their cooperation was essential to the founding of the nation. Their profound differences, however, would lead to a fundamental crisis, in their friendship and in the nation writ large, as they became the leaders of two entirely new forces–the first American political parties. But late in life, something remarkable happened: these two men were nudged into reconciliation. What started as a grudging trickle of correspondence became a great flood, and a friendship was rekindled, over the course of hundreds of letters. nGordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University. His books have received the Pulitzer, Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes, as well as a National Book Award nomination and the New York Historical Society Prize in American History. They include Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, Revolutionary Characters, The Purpose of the Past, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, and The Idea of America. nAbout the Adams Lecture Series nNamed in honor of John Adams, who served as Librarian of the Salem Athenaeum from 1994-2005, the annual Adams Lecture is devoted to topics pertaining to American history with a focus on New England. Source: http://salem.org/event/2017-adams-lecture-gordon-s-wood/


November 6, 2017
7:00 pm
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