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Franklin & Washington : the founding partnership / Edward J. Larson.

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 920 LAR (Text) 33500013212709 New Checked out 06/01/2020
Fertile Public Library 920 LAR (Text) 33500013212717 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062880154
  • ISBN: 0062880152
  • Physical Description: xiv, 335 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-321) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Book I. Converging lives. Great expectations ; Lessons from the frontier ; From subjects to citizens -- Book II. Partners in revolution. Taking command ; "The most awful crisis" -- Book III. Working together and apart. Rendezvous in Philadelphia ; Darkness at dawn ; The walking stick.
Summary, etc.:
"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. 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. During the French and Indian War, Franklin supplied the wagons for General Edward Braddock's ill-fated assault on Fort Duquesne, and Washington 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. Rekindled during the Second Continental Congress in 1775, 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."--Publisher's website.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #2
    *Starred 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. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: 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.
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800).
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State.
Genre: Biographies.

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