In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free outdoor lectures on popular topics including biography, the Supreme Court, Civil War history, and more.
After achieving independence in 1783, the Founding Fathers clashed bitterly on how the newly-formed nation should be governed. Historian Thomas Fleming discusses how the diverging visions and temperaments of George Washington, an advocate for a strong, centralized government, and Thomas Jefferson, a staunch anti-Federalist, profoundly shaped the young republic and endured as resonant issues to the present day.
Thomas Fleming is the author of The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation.
This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location or contact the New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.
Free Admission. No advance reservations. First come, first served.
This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation