In FRANKLIN & WASHINGTON: The Founding Partnership (William Morrow), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson delivers a masterful, first-of-its-kind dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, revealing their partnership’s centrality to the American founding—and their enduring relevance. Vastly different men, Benjamin Franklin—abolitionist freethinker from the urban North—and George Washington— 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.
Edward J. Larson received the Pulitzer Prize in History for Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. He is the coauthor of Modern Library’s The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison and the author of The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783–1789, and A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign. He was an inaugural Library Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Larson is University Professor of history and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and received his PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Larson travels widely as a media commentator, visiting instructor, and guest speaker. An Ohio native, Larson now lives in California.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steve-richards/support