Author and Historian Gordon Wood

Saturday, March 5, 2011

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Cost: Free - or give as you can.

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

Sat, 2011-03-05 14:00 - 15:30

Historical Lecture and Book Signing: Gordon Wood - Empire of Liberty 

Books will be available for purchase at the event by Brown Bookstore.
Please register for this event at the bottom of this page.

President Obama to Present Gordon Wood with National Humanties Medal -- Read more in the Projo.

In the words of Christopher Lydon, host of Open Source from Professor_Gordon_WoodBrown University: "Gordon Wood, the wonderfully plain-spoken Pulitzer and Bancroft prize historian at Brown, thinks that Thomas Jefferson would find Barack Obama obnoxiously, over-reachingly Hamiltonian... and that Alexander Hamilton would likewise dismiss Obama as a Jefferson dreamer.

Empire of Liberty is the title of Gordon Wood's magisterial new history of the early American republic, 1789 to 1815: boom and transformation on our shores, the rise and fall of Napoleon in the wider world. "Empire of Liberty," Jefferson's phrase, is also a neat capsule of the contradiction between a republic of free and equal mostly rural yeomen and a hegemonic global idea wrapped into the American flag. But Jefferson, the libertarian and slave-holder, was nothing if not paradoxical: he was a small-government man and a devotee of peace, but he would have been happy to see the French Revolution invade England, end monarchy and free the world."

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Read/Listen to his interview with Professor Wood here.

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