Founding Feud: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

The Rivalry and Friendship of Jefferson and Adams: A Conversation with Gordon Wood


JMC fellow Gordon Wood joined the Liberty Law Talk podcast to discuss his book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, on the Thomas Jefferson’s and John Adam’s friendship.

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Gordon Wood, Brown University professor of History.Gordon S. Wood is Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. He received his B.A. degree from Tufts University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Brown in 1969. He is the author of 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. Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different was published in 2006. The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History was published in 2008. In 2011 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President 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. In 2015 he received the Centennial Medal from the Harvard Graduate School.

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