• Constitution Day Celebration: The Idea of America

A discussion & booksigning with U.S. Constitution scholar Gordon Wood

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
73 Tremont St, Boston
1st floor Amenities Conference Room

For Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood, the American Revolution is the most important event in our history. In this series of elegant and illuminating essays, Wood explores the ideological origins of the Revolution--from Ancient Rome to the European Enlightenment--and the forging of the Constitution and American democracy. The Idea of America helps us to recapture the fears and hopes of the revolutionary generation and its attempts to translate those ideals into a working democracy.

Gordon Wood is an extraordinarily engaging scholar and teacher, the author of The Creation of the American Republic (Bancroft Prize), The Radicalism of the American Revolution (Pulitzer Prize), and The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (Julia Ward Howe Prize), other books, and countless essays in the New York Review of Books and other journals. Wood is also the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History emeritus at Brown University, and one of the leading scholars of the American founding.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is an American federal observance which exists to recognize the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed nationwide on September 17, the day the Constitution was originally signed in 1787. Since a law was passed in 2005, all schools receiving federal funds of any kind from the United States Department of Education are now mandated to observe this holiday by providing educational programming on the history of the American Constitution.

Be on the lookout for more Constitution Day-related events like this one, co-sponsored by the History and Government Departments at Suffolk University!

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