Lectures & Conversations
Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
The President Bill Clinton Lecture Series in American History
Gordon S. Wood, Carol Berkin (moderator)
Thu, November 16th, 2017 | 6:30 pm
(Members $32)

Note: This event is sold out



Founders Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were exceedingly different both in background and in temperament, and although they worked closely during the Revolution and on the Declaration of Independence, their profound disagreements ultimately led to the establishment of America’s first divergent political parties. Celebrated historians trace the political acts and personal friendship of these two iconic figures from their start as Founding Fathers, to their bitter falling out, to their ultimate reconciliation.

Gordon S. Wood, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, is Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University and the author of Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Carol Berkin (moderator) is Presidential Professor of History, Emerita, at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York and the author of A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism. 


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


This program has reached capacity. There will be a standby line the evening of the program. One hour before the program begins, we will begin handing out standby numbers with members receiving priority. Shortly before the program begins, we would begin selling tickets if we are able to do so. Standby does not guarantee admission.

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