Gordon Wood on Bailyn and the Writing of History

For the Weekly Standard, Gordon Wood reviews a new collection of essays by Harvard historian of early America, Bernard Bailyn.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Wood, a member of JMC’s Academic Council and frequent faculty participant in Summer Institutes, writes: “It’s as if academics have given up trying to recover an honest picture of the past and have decided that their history-writing should become simply an instrument of moral hand-wringing.” Wood presents Bailyn as a counter-example that historians ought to emulate.

Read the article here.