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Franklin & Washington : the founding partnership

by Larson, Edward J.

Format: Print Book 2020
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"Larson's elegantly written dual biography reveals that the partnership of Franklin and Washington was indispensable to the success of the Revolution." --Gordon S. Wood

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a masterful, first-of-its-kind dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, illuminating their partnership's enduring importance.

NATIONAL BESTSELLER * One of Washington Post's "10 Books to Read in February" * One of USA Today's "Must-Read Books" of Winter 2020 * One of Publishers Weekly's "Top Ten" Spring 2020 Memoirs/Biographies

Theirs was a three-decade-long bond that, more than any other pairing, would forge the United States. Vastly different men, Benjamin Franklin--an abolitionist freethinker from the urban north--and George Washington--a slavehold­ing general from the agrarian south--were the indispensable authors of American independence and the two key partners in the attempt to craft a more perfect union at the Constitutional Convention, held in Franklin's Philadelphia and presided over by Washington. And yet their teamwork has been little remarked upon in the centuries since.

Illuminating Franklin and Washington's relationship with striking new detail and energy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson shows that theirs was truly an intimate working friendship that amplified the talents of each for collective advancement of the American project.

After long sup­porting British rule, both Franklin and Washington 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 of these 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. Today the United States is the world's great super­power, and yet we also wrestle with the government Franklin and Washington created more than two centuries ago--the power of the executive branch, the principle of checks and balances, the electoral college--as well as the wounds of their compromise over slavery. Now, as the founding institutions appear under new stress, it is time to understand their origins through the fresh lens of Larson's Franklin & Washington, a major addition to the literature of the founding era.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Although separated in age by nearly a generation, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin each contributed mightily to the success of the war against the British Crown, and each profoundly shaped the new nation at its 1787 Constitutional Convention. Prize-winning historian Larson (To the Edges of the Earth, 2018) brings together the lives of these titans, showing how their backgrounds and joint interests made them ideal partners. Although from different colonies, Franklin from a free state and Washington himself a slave owner, their experiences in the French and Indian War made them realize the importance of intercolonial cooperation. Franklin's diplomatic efforts carried him often to London and Paris, while Washington stayed home to manage his own affairs and to engage in the Virginia House of Burgesses and then lead the Colonial Army to victory. But both recognized the need for a strong central government to protect hard-won freedoms, and both commanded unwavering respect from fractious Constitutional Convention delegates. Students of American Revolutionary history and the birth of the Republic will find here an inspired approach for considering the lives and legacies of these two founding fathers.--Mark Knoblauch Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Pepperdine University history professor Larson (To the Edges of the Earth) offers a lean and accessible dual biography of "the two indispensable authors of American independence": Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. He traces their "close bond" to the French and Indian War, when they served as colonels in the Pennsylvania and Virginia militias, respectively, and met to discuss securing the frontier against hostile forces. According to Larson, "despite the war's ultimate outcome," both men learned that "the British were beatable in New World combat." Dispatched to London in 1757 to represent Pennsylvania's interests to Parliament, Franklin spent 15 of the next 17 years abroad, while Washington took on a "rising role" in Virginia's House of Burgesses. Larson disputes the "simplistic" notion that Franklin and Washington were "reluctant revolutionaries" at the Second Continental Congress in 1775, and chronicles their complementary roles during the Revolutionary War and their collaboration on the Constitution. He contends that their only significant difference of opinion was over the issue of slavery. Though Larson draws on correspondence between his subjects, the book suffers somewhat from a lack of drama and intimacy--Washington and Franklin were only in the same place a handful of times. Nevertheless, colonial history buffs will appreciate this focused perspective on how the two founding fathers worked together. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Franklin, Benjamin, -- 1706-1790.
Washington, George, -- 1732-1799.
Founding Fathers of the United States -- Biography.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Biography.
United States -- History -- 1783-1815 -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xiv, 335 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-321) and index.
ISBN 9780062880154
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