By Dr. Alan Houston
This attention-grabbing publication explores Benjamin Franklin’s social and political concept. even supposing Franklin is frequently thought of the first American,” his highbrow international used to be cosmopolitan. An energetic player in eighteenth-century Atlantic debates over the fashionable advertisement republic, Franklin mixed summary analyses with useful proposals. Houston treats Franklin as clever, artistic, and engageda full of life philosopher who joined either discovered controversies and political conflicts at domestic and abroad.
Drawing on meticulous archival examine, Houston examines such tantalizing issues as exchange and trade, voluntary institutions and civic militias, inhabitants progress and immigration coverage, political union and electoral associations, freedom and slavery. In every one case, he indicates how Franklin instructed the advance of self and society.
Engagingly written and richly illustrated, this booklet offers a compelling portrait of Franklin, a clean viewpoint on American identification, and an important account of what it capacity to be practical.
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