Jill Lepore: Author ponders thoughts of the founders

Source: The Kansas City Star, 1-22-10

Historian Jill Lepore will speak Wednesday at the Kansas City Central Library.Historian Jill Lepore will speak Wednesday at the Kansas City Central Library.

Jill Lepore teaches early American history and studies the relationship between history and memory. So you can imagine how the recent tea party movement, with its references to Revolutionary events and thought, grabbed her attention.

Lepore, a Harvard University professor, wrote a book a few years back about King Philip’s War of the 1670s, a big deal in the memories of early Americans, even 100 years afterward. Ever heard of it?

Probably not. That’s the way with history. The parts that loom large for us aren’t always about the magnitude of an issue or the scale of a conflict, Lepore says.

That is, some history is more useful to us than other history.

The Boston Tea Party of 1773 has been abundantly useful. Lepore will be in Kansas City Wednesday to discuss her book “The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History.”…READ MORE

MEET THE AUTHOR

Who: Jill Lepore, “The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History”

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Admission: Free. Call 816-701-3407 to make reservations

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