Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Bernard Bailyn on how Historians Get the U.S. Constitution Wrong: speech in NYC Feb. 8

Bernard Bailyn leads off a new lecture series at the New York Historical Society tomorrow night:

Richard Gilder Distinguished Lecturer Series

History is what happened, and also what historians make of what happened, and they have a nearly impossible task trying to get it right—not necessarily because of ignorance or bias or lack of objectivity, but because of systematic problems of historical reconstruction. Historians have been writing about the Constitution since it was written, but there are some things about it that are almost impossible to get right, and that leads to important misconceptions.

Event Details:
Time & Location
Date: 02/08/2007 06:30 PM
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(77th St.)

Full Price Ticket (Non-Members): $18.00
Member Cost: $10.00
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Bernard Bailyn is Adams University Professor Emeritus and director of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, which won the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes, and Voyagers to the West, which also won the Pulitzer Prize. His Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson won the National Book Award. His most recent work is Atlantic History: Concept and Contours.

Future speakers in this series include James McPherson and John Lewis Gaddis. For information about upcoming programs, click here.

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