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Well known historian to speak at COS event

Well known historian to speak at COS event

Senior fellow at the Bill of Rights Institute Tony Williams set to speak on engaging in liberty, civic virtue and spirit of compromise


VISALIA – College of the Sequoias is recounting one of America’s most pivotal characters and moments at the beginning of its nationhood, and using an expert in his field to do it. 

The COS Cultural Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) is welcoming author Tony Williams this Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Ponderosa Lecture Hall. Williams’ lecture is titled “The Madisonian Moment: Liberty, Civic Virtue and the Spirit of Compromise.”

Williams is a senior fellow at the Bill of Rights Institute in Arlington, Va, where he writes on history and civics. He is an accomplished scholar, author, and educator who shares his passion for the ideas and documents of the American Founding with teachers across the country, while also writing history and civics curricula for the institute. 

Before joining the Institute in 2014, Tony taught at the middle and high school level for fifteen years before becoming the Program Director at the Washington, Jefferson & Madison Institute in Charlottesville, VA. 

He is the author of five books on early American history, including most recently, with Stephen F. Knott, Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America. Tony earned a B.A. in history from Syracuse University and an M.A. in U.S. History from Ohio State University.

Williams has lectured across the country, made several media appearances and blogs frequently at Law & Liberty and several other sites. 

Established in September 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that works to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society.  The Institute develops educational resources and programs for a network of more than 50,000 educators and 70,000 students nationwide.

Williams’ first of several books were, “The Jamestown Experiment: The Remarkable Story of the Enterprising Colony and the Unexpected Results That Shaped America.” His work was a retelling of the settlers who established America’s first permanent English colony at Jamestown, comprised of gentlemen adventurers and common tradesmen who risked their lives and fortunes on the venture and stood to reap the rewards of personal profit and the glory of mother England.

His second book, “America’s Beginnings: The Dramatic Events that Shaped a Nation’s Character,” Williams recounts 50 of the most important and dramatic events from the colonial and Revolutionary period from the Mayflower Compact to the Annapolis Convention.

Williams’ work, “Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the America Revolution,” depicts life at the dawn of the American Revolution. But in particular he tells about the eighth deadliest Atlantic hurricane of all time that landed on American shores. Over the course of days, the hurricane raced up the east coast, striking all of the important colonial capitols and killing more than 4,000 people. Reviews of the book note that the book, “brings to life an incredible time when the forces of nature and the forces of history joined together to produce courageous stories of sacrifice, strength and survival.”

“Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America,” was Williams’ story about the fruitful collaboration between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. Despite their different personalities their work together laid the foundation for the institutions that govern the United States to this day. However, their conflicting ideals also tested the boundaries of their relationship, and threatened the future of the new republic. 

Lastly, “Hamilton: An American Biography,” provides readers with a short biographical piece that traces the events and values of Hamilton past to his rise through the Revolutionary War to becoming a founding father. 

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