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Benjamin Franklin's last bet : the favorite founder's divisive death, enduring afterlife, and blueprint for American prosperity  Cover Image Book Book

Benjamin Franklin's last bet : the favorite founder's divisive death, enduring afterlife, and blueprint for American prosperity / Michael Meyer.

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  • ISBN: 9781328568892
  • ISBN: 132856889X
  • Physical Description: xxiii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2022.

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Benjamin Franklin was not a gambling man. But at the end of his illustrious life, the Founder allowed himself a final wager on the survival of the United States: a gift of two thousand pounds to Boston and Philadelphia, to be lent out to tradesmen over the next two centuries to jump-start their careers. Each loan would be repaid with interest over ten years. If all went according to Franklin's inventive scheme, the accrued final payout in 1991 would be a windfall. In Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet, Michael Meyer traces the evolution of these twin funds as they age alongside America itself, bankrolling woodworkers and silversmiths, trade schools and space races. Over time, Franklin's wager was misused, neglected, and contested--but never wholly extinguished.
Subject: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Legacies.
Endowments.
Working class > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia.
Working class > Massachusetts > Boston.

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.

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  • 1 current hold with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 973 MEYER 2022 (Text) 0001002413803 Nonfiction New Available -


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