For six decades, Dr. Gordon S. Wood’s scholarship has advanced the understanding of the formative years of our nation. His work on the American Revolution and the creation of the American Republic is not only renowned for its meticulous accuracy and groundbreaking insight but also for its elegant and effective presentation, which has made it resonate among professional historians and a much wider public.

Dr. Wood has served on the faculty of Brown University, Harvard University, the University of Michigan, William & Mary, and Cambridge University. In addition to the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for History, he has held a Guggenheim fellowship, and in 2010, Dr. Wood was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama.

Speaking of awards, Dr. Wood was recently presented with the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education at ACTA’s 25th plus one Anniversary Celebration at the U.S. Library of Congress. This episode features his award acceptance speech at that event, in which he discusses America’s founding and the various inaccuracies of the 1619 Project.


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