WordPower: Britain and the American Constitution

Linda Colley

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Linda Colley delivers the 2015 Eccles Centre Fulbright Commission Lecture

The United States was created by a war against Britain and is separated from it by much more than the Atlantic. Most specifically, the American Federal constitution, drafted in 1787, has often been represented as being critically different from Britain’s own  'unwritten' constitution. For the 2015 Eccles Centre Fulbright Commission Lecture, Linda Colley traces the evolution of such views and assesses their validity. She also charts how different Britons have reacted over time to the idea of a written constitution.

Linda Colley, CBE, FBA, FRS, FRSH, is the Shelby M.C.Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University, and previously taught at Cambridge and Yale Universities and at the LSE. She is the author of six books which have been translated into ten languages. These include In defiance of oligarchy: The Tory party 1714-1760, Namier, Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837, which won the Wolfson Prize, Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850, The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History, named by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2007, and, most recently, Acts of Union and Disunion, based on 15 talks she delivered on BBC Radio 4.

Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library in collaboration with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.


Name: WordPower: Britain and the American Constitution
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