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Francois Furstenberg

Biography

Francois Furstenberg

François Furstenberg is an associate professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. A native of Boston and Washington, D.C., he taught history for 10 years in Montreal before returning to the United States, where he teaches and writes on a range of fields in early American history and the Atlantic world. He is the author of IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation, published by Penguin Press in 2006.

Francois Furstenberg

Books by Francois Furstenberg

by Francois Furstenberg - American, History, Military, Nonfiction, World History

WHEN THE UNITED STATES SPOKE FRENCH explores the America’s formative years from the viewpoint of a distinguished circle of five Frenchmen taking refuge in America. We follow these men as they land in Philadelphia. The book vividly reconstructs their adventures, following along as they integrated themselves into the city and its elite social networks, began speculating on backcountry lands, and eventually became enmeshed in Franco-American diplomacy. Through their stories, we see some of the most famous events of early American history in a new light, from the diplomatic struggles of the 1790s to the Haitian Revolution to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.