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Benjamin Franklin Politican The Mask and the Man

Jennings Francis

Verlag: Noton and Co, London, 1996
ISBN 10: 0393039838 / ISBN 13: 9780393039832
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Titel: Benjamin Franklin Politican The Mask and the...

Verlag: Noton and Co, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 1996

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Very Good

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Noton and Co 1996; A study of Franklin, good to very good in dust jacket; 240 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 10845

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Inhaltsangabe: A distinguished historian of early America sees Franklin's influence on the course of the revolutionary movement in a new light. Benjamin Franklin was a man of genius and enormous ego, smart enough not to flaunt his superiority but to let others proclaim it. To understand him and his role in great events, one must realize the omnipresence of this ego, and the extent to which he mirrored the feelings of other colonial Pennsylvanians. With this in mind, Francis Jennings sets forth some new ideas about Franklin as the "first American." In so doing, he provides a new view of the beginnings of the American Revolution in Franklin's struggle against William Penn. By striving against Penn's feudal lordship (and therefore against King George) Franklin became master of the Pennsylvania assembly. It was in this role that he suggested a meeting of the Continental Congress which, as Jennings notes, flies in the face of historical opinion which suggests that Boston patriots had to drag Pennsylvanians into the revolution. Franklin's autobiography omits discussion of his heroic struggle against Penn and, in so doing, robs history of his true role in the making of the new country. It is through an accurate accounting of what Franklin did, not what he said he did in his autobiography (which Jennings likens to a campaign speech), that we understand the author's use of the term "first American."

Inhaltsangabe: This is a portrait of one of the founding fathers in American colonial history, Benjamin Franklin. Seeking to uncover details of his life omitted from his autobiography, this book presents him as a man of genius and enormous ego. He never flaunted his superiority, but permitted others to advance it. In order to understand the politician and his role in great events, award-winning author Jennings stresses the omnipresence of this ego, and the extent to which Franklin mirrored the feelings of other colonial Pennsylvanians. The book also investigates Franklin's struggle against Thomas Penn (entirely omitted from his autobiography), feudal lordship and the government of George III. The book seeks to provide an accurate account of Franklin's life and work, so that the reader may understand the meaning of the term "First American".

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