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Historian Willard Sterne Randall on his book “The Founders Fortunes: How Money Shaped the Birth of America”

February 14, 2022

How did the American Revolution affect the financial prospect of men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson?  In his latest book “The Founders Fortunes: How Money Shaped the Birth of America” award-winning historian Willard Sterne Randall details how a loss by the colonists in this war would have led to ruin for rich and poor alike. Randall also discusses the impact of slavery not only on the colonial economy but also why it was destroyed as a result of the Constitutional Convention in 1787.