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New-York Historical Society Presents
How Historians Get It Wrong: The American Constitution, For Example
Thursday, February 08, 2007

Bernard Bailyn discusses the American Constitution and the burden of historians

Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

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.

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.

Funding for this series has been provided by Lewis E. Lehrman
New York Historical Society
 


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