Fabre Line Club Book Series: Lecture by Gordon Wood - American History

Thursday, November 10, 2011

6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free

Fabre Line Club
200 Allens Avenue, 4th Floor
Providence, RI

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Thu, 2011-11-10 18:30 - 20:00

The Rhode Island Publications Society (Fabre Line Club) announces its second annual fall book series featuring four presentations by noted scholars. Two of the talks will analyze Rhode Island themes--The Dorr Rebellion (Fri., Oct. 14) and the recent Separation of Powers Amendments to the state constitution--the other two lectures--by nationally renowned scholars Jack Greene (Weds., Oct. 26) of the Johns Hopkins University and Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood (Thurs., Nov. 10) of Brown--University will discuss broader themes in American history.

The four presentations are free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase as will the books that accompany the talks. For further information call, 401-272-1776.

Gordon Wood, a club member, will present his new book The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States, an anthology of brilliant and illuminating essays on such themes as the ideology of the American Revolution, the evolution of democracy in America, a history of rights in early America, and an attempt to explain "Why America Wants to Spread Democracy Around the World."

Gordon is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University and a member of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. His 1969 book, The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, received the Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes and was nominated for the National Book Award. His 1992 book, The Radicalism of the America Revolution, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Emerson Prize. His most recent book, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, won the 2010 New York Historical Society Prize in American History. Wood contributes regularly to the New Republic and the New York Review of Books.