Historian Gordon Wood – “Advice to the Egyptians from the Founding Fathers”

March 25, 2014

Friday, March 28th at 7 p.m. at Valley Regional High School
After a revolution overthrows a despotic leader, how do the newly liberated citizens fill the resulting power vacuum with a functional democracy, and avoid the pitfalls of a military takeover or another strongman taking control? America’s Founding Fathers faced this dilemma – George Washington was actually pressured by some to take the title of King – and in the wake of the chaos that has followed on the heels of the Arab Spring, Egypt faces it now. The Essex Library is proud to host Pulitzer-prize winning author and historian Gordon S. Wood, Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University, who will give a talk on this topic at Valley Regional High School.