The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War
The Annual Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles
Gordon S. Wood, Alva O. Way University Professor, Professor of History Emeritus, Brown University
Recipient of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for History for The Radicalism of the American Revolution
Endowed by the late Herbert "Wiley" Vaughan, founding member of the Madison Program's Advisory Council, the Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America’s Founding Principles is an endowed Princeton University lecture that is hosted by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics. Its purpose is to promote and advance understanding of the founding principles and core doctrines of American constitutionalism.
Professor Wood's lecture on The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War will address the interesting question about the Civil War— not why the South seceded, but why the North cared.
Gordon S. Wood is recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book The Radicalism of the American Revolution. He is the author of many works, including The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 (Chapel Hill, 1969), The Radicalism of the American Revolution (New York, 1992), The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, and The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States (Penguin Press, May 2011). In 2010, Professor Wood was awarded the National Humanities Medal. His citation was “for scholarship that provides insight into the founding of the nation and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.”