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A professor of history at Brown University, Gordon S. Wood is the author of "Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787," which won the Bancroft Prize and the John H. Dunning Prize in 1970, and "The Radicalism of the American Revolution," which won the Pulitzer Prize for history and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize in 1993. "The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin" was awarded the Julia Ward Howe Prize by the Boston Authors Club in 2005. He has since written several critically acclaimed and widely read histories, including "Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different" and "The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History." His book in the Oxford History of the United States, called "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815" (Oxford University Press), was recently published. Wood is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.