Jill Lepore is the Kemper Professor of American History at Harvard University, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of the forthcoming Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, among many other books.

Edmund S. Morgan

One of America’s most influential historians died this week. Jill Lepore salutes Edmund Morgan.

When historian Jill Lepore stumbled on a letter from John Adams about the lies of American history, it brought to mind her own youthful brush with the Revolutionary spirit.