Dr. Gordon S. Wood Lecture: "The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War"
Dr. Gordon S. Wood, the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University, will be the featured speaker at Ohio Northern University on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. The title of his lecture is "The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War." The talk will attempt to explain how the Revolution set in motion the forces that led to the sectional split and the resultant Civil War. By 1820, the Civil War was inevitable.
Dr. Wood is the author of many works, including The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 (1969), which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize in 1970, and The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1992), which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize in 1993. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (2004) was awarded the Julia Ward Howe Prize by the Boston Authors Club in 2005. His volume in the Oxford History of the United States, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (2009), was given the Association of American Publishers Award for History and Biography in 2009, the American History Book Prize by the New York Historical Society for 2010, and the Society of the Cincinnati History Prize in 2010.
In 2011, he was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama and the Churchill Bell by Colonial Williamsburg. In 2011, he also received the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award from the Society of American Historians. In 2012, he received an award from the John Carter Brown Library and the John F. Kennedy Medal from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Professor Wood is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
A book signing will follow the lecture.