Autobiography and Other Writings

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - 361 Seiten
Franklin's writings span a long and distinguished career of literary, scientific, and political inquiry--the work of a man whose life lasted for nearly all of the 18th century, and whose achievements ranged from inventing the lightning rod to publishing Poor Richard's Almanac to signing the Declaration of Independence. In his own lifetime, Franklin knew prominence not only in America but also in Britain and France. Here was a cosmopolitan statesman, public servant, inventor, and editor with a distinctly Yankee sensibility; here was a moral philosopher who divided his faith between the natural sciences and the American experiment. This volume includes Franklin's reflections on such diverse issues as reason and religion, social status, electricity, America's national character and characters, war, and the societal status of women. Also included is a new transcription of his 1726 journal, and several pieces that have only recently been identified as Franklin's work.

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Nutzerbericht  - longhorndaniel - LibraryThing

Was fun to read what Franklin had to say not only about himself but about his beliefs and society as well; essential reading for any serious history student/buff Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - HistReader - LibraryThing

This autobiography is written as a letter, once interrupted for a decade or more, to his son. As many people have pointed out during history, the author is inclined to only include the facts they want ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Silence Dogood 4
181
BusyBody 3
222
Letter to Josiah Abiah Franklin
239
The Kite Experiment
261
Poor Richards Maxims
275
An Edict by the King of Prussia
292
The Whistle
302
Information to Those Who Would Remove
319
Letter to William Franklin
333
Speech in the Constitutional Convention at
349
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Über den Autor (1998)

Ormond Seavey is at The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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