AMERICAN NOTES: Founding Fathers Abroad

Two celebrated Americans were at home abroad last week, just as they had been two centuries before. An exhibition commemorating Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson opened in Paris, where both men had served their young nation so well and had grown to admire their hosts. "A most amiable nation to live with" was the way Franklin described the French; and Jefferson wrote that they "love us more, I think, than they do any nation on earth."

While that love has cooled somewhat, the exhibition, sponsored by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, is appropriate. Without the help of the French, the Colonies...

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