Founding Brothers opens with a look at two of the many crises faced by George Washington during his term as America's first president. At a time when any conflict had the potential to dissolve the fragile union, Washington surrounded himself with brilliant men who were bound by their undying devotion to America, but often bitterly divided about how best to serve their common cause. At a secret meeting arranged by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison reached a critical compromise on their rival views for America's future. Just months before his death, Benjamin Franklin signed a petition calling for an end to slavery--forcing a reluctant Congress to confront the issue that would eventually divide the nation.moreless
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