Book cover of The Founders' Fortunes: How Money Shaped the Birth of America by Willard Sterne Randallby Willard Sterne Randall

An illuminating financial history of the Founding Fathers, revealing how their personal finances shaped the Constitution and the new nation

In 1776, upon the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers concluded America’s most consequential document with a curious note, pledging “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” Lives and honor did indeed hang in the balance, yet just what were their fortunes? How much did the Founders stand to gain or lose through independence? And what lingering consequences did their respective financial stakes have on liberty, justice, and the fate of the fledgling United States of America?

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Ep. 52 Willard Sterne Randall, “The Founders’ Fortunes”
3/8/22           57 min


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