The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
Title The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin PDF eBook
Author Gordon S. Wood
Publisher Penguin
Total Pages 324
Release 2005-05-31
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 1101200901

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“I cannot remember ever reading a work of history and biography that is quite so fluent, so perfectly composed and balanced . . .” —The New York Sun “Exceptionally rich perspective on one of the most accomplished, complex, and unpredictable Americans of his own time or any other.” —The Washington Post Book World From the most respected chronicler of the early days of the Republic—and winner of both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes—comes a landmark work that rescues Benjamin Franklin from a mythology that has blinded generations of Americans to the man he really was and makes sense of aspects of his life and career that would have otherwise remained mysterious. In place of the genial polymath, self-improver, and quintessential American, Gordon S. Wood reveals a figure much more ambiguous and complex—and much more interesting. Charting the passage of Franklin’s life and reputation from relative popular indifference (his death, while the occasion for mass mourning in France, was widely ignored in America) to posthumous glory, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin sheds invaluable light on the emergence of our country’s idea of itself.

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
Title The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin PDF eBook
Author Gordon S. Wood
Publisher Penguin
Total Pages 324
Release 2005-05-31
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9780143035282

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“I cannot remember ever reading a work of history and biography that is quite so fluent, so perfectly composed and balanced . . .” —The New York Sun “Exceptionally rich perspective on one of the most accomplished, complex, and unpredictable Americans of his own time or any other.” —The Washington Post Book World From the most respected chronicler of the early days of the Republic—and winner of both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes—comes a landmark work that rescues Benjamin Franklin from a mythology that has blinded generations of Americans to the man he really was and makes sense of aspects of his life and career that would have otherwise remained mysterious. In place of the genial polymath, self-improver, and quintessential American, Gordon S. Wood reveals a figure much more ambiguous and complex—and much more interesting. Charting the passage of Franklin’s life and reputation from relative popular indifference (his death, while the occasion for mass mourning in France, was widely ignored in America) to posthumous glory, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin sheds invaluable light on the emergence of our country’s idea of itself.

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
Title The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin PDF eBook
Author Gordon S. Wood
Publisher Penguin
Total Pages 330
Release 2004
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9781594200199

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Wood scrutinizes the less typically American traits possessed by Franklin--such as his longtime loyalty to the Crown--and why he still became one of the Revolution's necessary men.

Benjamin Franklin and His Gods

Benjamin Franklin and His Gods
Title Benjamin Franklin and His Gods PDF eBook
Author Kerry S. Walters
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Total Pages 236
Release 1999
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9780252067396

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Against the religious backdrop of pre- and postcolonial America stands the towering figure--and mind--of Benjamin Franklin. A Renaissance man in a Revolutionary time, Franklin had interests and knowledge not only in religion but in literature, philosophy, politics, publishing, history, and scientific inquiry, among many other disciplines. Kerry S. Walters examines Franklin's search for the Divine using a similar, multifaceted approach--and in so doing has created the first extended treatment of Franklin's religious thought in thirty years. Walters brings the same intellectual range and depth to the understanding of Franklin's beliefs that Franklin brought to his own quest. What emerges from this pilgrimage into the soul of one of America's greatest figures is a very human Benjamin Franklin who grew with the accumulation of knowledge to arrive at a "theistic perspectivism," which provided him with a philosophical explanation for the diversity of religious faiths--and a justification for the liberty of conscience he advocated throughout his life. Benjamin Franklin and His Gods is an original and beautifully challenging spiritual and intellectual biography. Destined to be a classic.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
Title Benjamin Franklin PDF eBook
Author Arthur Bernon Tourtellot
Publisher
Total Pages 510
Release 1977
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN

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An examination of the formative years of Benjamin Franklin and of the atmosphere of Boston in the early 18th century which influenced Franklin's development.

The First Scientific American

The First Scientific American
Title The First Scientific American PDF eBook
Author Joyce Chaplin
Publisher Basic Books
Total Pages 434
Release 2007-08-02
Genre History
ISBN 0465008852

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Famous, fascinating Benjamin Franklin -- he would be neither without his accomplishments in science. Joyce Chaplin's authoritative biography considers all of Franklin's work in the sciences, showing how, during the rise and fall of the first British empire, science became central to public culture and therefore to Franklin's success. Having demonstrated in his earliest experiments and observations that he could master nature, Franklin showed the world that he was uniquely suited to solve problems in every realm. In the famous adage, Franklin "snatched lightning from the sky and the scepter from the tyrants" -- in that order. The famous kite and other experiments with electricity were only part of Franklin's accomplishments. He charted the Gulf Stream, made important observations on meteorology, and used the burgeoning science of "political arithmetic" to make unprecedented statements about America's power. Even as he stepped onto the world stage as an illustrious statesman and diplomat in the years leading up to the American Revolution, his fascination with nature was unrelenting. Franklin was the first American whose "genius" for science qualified him as a genius in political affairs. It is only through understanding Franklin's full engagement with the sciences that we can understand this great Founding Father and the world he shaped.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
Title Benjamin Franklin PDF eBook
Author Maria Mihalik Higgins
Publisher Sterling Publishing Company
Total Pages 136
Release 2007
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 9781402732836

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An introduction to the life and career of the statesman, inventor, scientist, and printer Benjamin Franklin.