Benjamin Franklin and the Crisis of the British Empire
Walter A. McDougall
Ginsburg-Satell Chair of FPRI's Center for the Study of America and the West
In this talk, Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Walter A. McDougall will explore the nature of the crisis that led to the split between Britain and the colonies between 1763 and 1776, with emphasis on Benjamin Franklin’s role as the colonies' principal agent in London during those years. He was an avid British patriot who tried to reconcile Parliament and the colonies until the very last year. What happened and why? Join us for this unique discussion of the politics and geopolitics of the American Revolution.
Walter A. McDougall - Walter A. McDougall is the Ginsburg-Satell Chair of FPRI's Center for the Study of America and the West. He is also the Co-Chair of FPRI’s Madeleine and W.W. Keen Butcher History Institute, Chairman of FPRI Board of Advisors, and sits on the Board of Editors for FPRI’s journal, Orbis. He is the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.