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VIRTUAL EVENT: BOOK TALK: Franklin and Washington: The Founding Partnership

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Book Talk: Franklin and Washington: The Founding Partnership

Edward J. Larson in conversation with Gordon Edes

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Boston Branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States and the New England Genealogical Society

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.

Edward J. Larson received the Pulitzer Prize for History for Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. He is the co-author of Modern Library’s The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison and author of The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783-1789, and A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800. He was an inaugural fellow at the 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 travels widely as a media commentator, visiting instructor, and guest speaker.

Gordon Edes has been a reporter for 35 years, the last 18 covering the Boston Red Sox for the Boston Globe and A native of Lunenburg, Mass., Gordon was appointed in November to the position of team historian, succeeding the late Dick Bresciani. Gordon also serves as strategic communications advisor for Fenway Sports Group.



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