Mon July 14, 2014
What Five 18th Century Frenchmen Can Tell Us About America
Francois Furstenberg, an historian at Johns Hopkins, has written a weighty but extraordinarily readable account of five French liberals, most of them aristocrats who had worked ardently to reform the ancien regime, the old power structure of France, but fell afoul of later, more radical waves of revolution. They fled to the New World in the early 1790s. Sheilah talks with Furstenberg about his new book, "When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation".