Past Programs
The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States
Gordon S. Wood, Richard Brookhiser (moderator)
Tue, November 29th, 2011 | 6:30 pm
(Members $12)

Note: This event is sold out.



Carl Menges

Event details

More than almost any other nation in the world, the United States began as an idea. For this reason, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood believes that the American Revolution is the most important event in our history. Professor Wood, in conversation with Richard Brookhiser, reflects on the birth of American nationhood and explains why the Revolution remains so essential.

Speakers Bio(s)

Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. His latest book is The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States. Richard Brookhiser (moderator) is Senior Editor of the National Review and the author of nine books, including Alexander Hamilton, American and James Madison.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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