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2024 Honoree Gordon Wood

Professor Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. For his impressive scholarship he has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the National Humanities Medal.

An important contributor to the conversation about the meaning of liberty, Professor Wood has been a longtime participant in all aspects of Liberty Fund’s programs. More importantly, he has expanded public interest in the ideas and ideals of liberty through the engagement inspired by his writing, scholarship and teaching.

Gordon Wood and George Will: In Conversation

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Essays by “The Free Republican,” 1784–1786

This is the first modern publication of ten essays published in the popular Boston newspaper The Independent Chronicle, a significant intellectual event in Massachusetts politics. The essays deal primarily with the problem of mixed government in a republic. Lincoln writes, “Two distinct and different orders of men seems incident to every society,” and these “two […]”

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Gordon Wood's Reflections on the Constitution and Slavery

Many historians today tell a dismal tale of woe about our Founding, but Wood sees it whole with defects that do not blot out its real virtues.

About the George F. Will Award

The George F. Will Award for the Advancement of Liberty and the Free Society was inspired by Liberty Fund’s founder, Pierre F. Goodrich, and his dedication to enriching our understanding and appreciation of the complex nature of a society of free and responsible individuals.

Named after George F. Will, America’s foremost columnist and a devoted friend of liberty, this award recognizes individuals who, like him, have made significant contributions to our understanding of the free society, individual liberty, and the human condition.