Editor says, what if Benjamin Franklin's ambassadorial career had ended in failure? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality Franklin stayed in Paris until 1785, when his position as ambassador was taken over by Thomas Jefferson. Madison and others would guide the Constitutional Convention of 1787 spurred by Shay's Rebellion over the debt crisis to create a new government for the United States, establishing a strong sense of federalism that would be affirmed in the bloody Civil War and maintain cohesion during the troubling Great Depression. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.