6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Seward’s Folly: A New Look at the Alaska Purchase

The Alaska Purchase—denounced at the time as “Seward’s Folly” but now seen as a masterstroke—is known as a key moment in American history, but few know the whole story. Dr. Farrow gave an overview of just what the Alaska Purchase was, how it came about, and its impact at the time. She also discussed the implications of the deal for foreign policy and international diplomacy far beyond Russia and the United States at a moment when the global balance of power was in question.


  • Lee Farrow

    Former Kennan Title VIII Short-Term Scholar
    Professor of History and Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Auburn University at Montgomery in Montgomery, Alabama