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1776: Out of Many, One

Remarks Accepting The Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education
November 30, 2021 by Dr. Gordon S. Wood Download PDF Press Release

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. In his remarks, Dr. Wood discusses America’s Founding and the inaccuracies of the 1619 Project. Dr. Wood was presented the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education on November 12, 2021, at ACTA’s 25th plus one Anniversary Celebration.

Over his distinguished career, 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 received the Bancroft Prize in 1970 for The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787. He has held a Guggenheim fellowship, and in 2010, Dr. Wood was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama.

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“Without the founding of 1776, we will never be the one people the Declaration says we are.”

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