Public Program- Gordon S. Wood

Lectures and Performances
Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:30pm

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
by Gordon S. Wood

the Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, book cover
Benjamin Franklin is often considered the most congenial of our founding fathers, and his aphorisms and legendary rags-to-riches life story have inspired generations of Americans. But how well do we know Franklin? In this lecture, based upon his provocative new book, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, Pulitzer-prize winning historian Gordon S. Wood reveals the true Franklin with his preoccupation to become an English Gentlemen, his intense loyalty to the Crown, and finally his remarkable and powerful conversion to revolutionist and quintessential American.

Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University. 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 American Revolution, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Emerson Prize. Wood contributes regularly to The New Republic and The New York Review of Books.

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