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VIRTUAL TALK: “Franklin and Washington: The Founding Partnership” with Edward J. Larson
December 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$10.00
FRANKLIN AND WASHINGTON
The Founding Partnership
With Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson
Benjamin Franklin was an abolitionist freethinker from the urban north. George Washington was a slaveholding general from the agrarian south. These vastly different men had a three-decade bond that helped forge the United States. And yet no one has really talked about their brilliant teamwork in the centuries since. Until now. Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Edward J. Larson shows how the pair worked together to advance the American project. During the French and Indian War, Franklin supplied the wagons for General Edward Braddock’s ill-fated assault on Fort Duquesne; Washington then buried the general’s body under the dirt road traveled by those retreating wagons. After long supporting British rule, both became key early proponents of independence. Their friendship gained historical significance during the American Revolution when Franklin led America’s diplomatic mission in Europe (securing money and an alliance with France) and Washington commanded the Continental Army. Victory required both efforts to succeed, and success, in turn, required their mutual coordination and cooperation. In the 1780s, the two sought to strengthen the union, leading to the framing and ratification of the Constitution, the founding document that bears their stamp. Franklin and Washington—the two most revered figures in the early republic—staked their lives and fortunes on the American experiment in liberty and were committed to its preservation. How would they view the stress these founding institutions have come under today? PURCHASE THIS BOOK ONLINE FROM EIGHT COUSINS BOOKSTORE
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