Gordon Wood

About Gordon Wood

Gordon Wood, winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for History, the 1970 Bancroft Prize, and the 2010 National Humanities Medal, is Alva O. Way Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. Dr. Wood is the author of The Radicalism of the American Revolution and the editor of The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate 1764-1776, among others.

Finding the Real John Adams

By |2019-06-06T18:34:10-05:00November 8th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Essential, History, John Adams, Timeless Essays, Virtue|

John Adams never had an optimistic view of human nature, and his experience in the Congress and abroad only deepened his suspicion that his fellow Americans might not have the character to sustain a republican government… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Gordon Wood as he explores [...]

Finding the Real John Adams: An Interview with Gordon Wood

By |2020-07-11T17:09:56-05:00May 13th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Featured, John Adams|

John Adams never had an optimistic view of human nature, and his experience in the Congress and abroad only deepened his suspicion that his fellow Americans might not have the character to sustain a republican government. As early as 1776, he expressed his doubts about America’s capacity for virtue. This spring, Library of America [...]

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