Peter Wood




Peter Wood is the president of the National Association of Scholars and author of the new book, WRATH: America Enraged, as well as last year’s acclaimed 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project.  A former professor of anthropology and college provost, he is the author of several books about American culture, includingDiversity: The Invention of a Concept (200 ...


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Episode 164: “Wrath: America Enraged” with Peter Wood

Over the course of roughly four generations, from around 1950 to the present, American culture has been transformed from a culture that believed in the value of self-control into a culture that celebrates self-expression. And that “self-expression” has now twisted into a new form of anger – political wrath – which makes a performance art out of our darkest emotions. So argues my guest on this episode, Peter Wood, author of Wrath: America Enraged and 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project and President of the National Association of Scholars. “The question is not whether we didn’t have to deal with anger before, but how we channeled it. What kind of cultural frame did we put around it? And that began to change. After World War II, the hero type of Gary Cooper who could maintain his cool under extreme pressure gave way to, think, of Allen Ginsberg, and his famous poem Howl.” “We’ve brought anger into our music, movies, and personal lives; and now, having step by step relinquished our old inhibitions around feeling and expressing anger, we […]


about Peter

Peter Wood is the president of the National Association of Scholars and author of the new book, WRATH: America Enraged, as well as last year’s acclaimed 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project.  A former professor of anthropology and college provost, he is the author of several books about American culture, includingDiversity: The Invention of a Concept (2003) and A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now (2007).

Wood is a frequent media guest who has appeared on major radio and television programs nationwide.  He is the editor in chief of the journal Academic Questions and a widely published essayist.  In 2019, he received the Jeane Kirkpatrick Prize for contributions to academic freedom.  He is based in New York City.




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