“Before there was an Arab Spring,” Brown University historian Gordon S. Wood told the Amphitheater audience on Tuesday, “there was an Atlantic Spring.”
The world’s preeminent scholar on the American Revolution is visiting Chautauqua Institution to offer context for the current political climate in Egypt.
Week Four of the 2014 Chautauqua Institution season kicks off on Saturday, July 12, celebrating the weekly themes with lectures, art and live performances.
Answering the question of why the South seceded is not a major historical conundrum, historian Gordon S. Wood said in his lecture at 10:45 a.m. Monday in the Amphitheater. The more difficult question, he said, is why the North cared.
“Why was the North willing to go to war to preserve the Union?” Wood asked to begin his lecture.
One hundred and fifty years ago, the Civil War tore apart North and South. For Gordon S. Wood, an author and lifelong scholar of the American Revolution, it had been a long time coming.
He will be the first speaker for this week’s theme of “The Path to the Civil War,” and at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, he will lecture on “The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War.”