The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: With Related Documents

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: With Related Documents

Format:  Paperback,

208 pages

Edition: Second

Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education

Publish Date: Apr 2003

ISBN-13: 9780312404154

ISBN-10: 0312404158

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This second edition of Franklin's famous autobiography is accompanied by a portfolio of illustrations and an introduction that provides background for students and invites them to think about the work's lasting impact on American society and culture.


Publisher: Macmillan Higher Education
Publish Date: Apr 2003
ISBN-13: 9780312404154
ISBN-10: 0312404158
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.52
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.25 x 0.5

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Biography of Franklin, Benjamin

One of 17 children, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He ended his formal education at the age of 10 and began working as an apprentice at a newspaper. Running away to Philadelphia at 17, he worked for a printer, later opening his own print shop. Franklin was a man of many talents and interests. As a writer, he published a colonial newspaper and the well-known Poor Richard's Almanack, which contains his famous maxims.

He authored many political and economic works, such as The Way To Wealth and Journal of the Negotiations for Peace. He is responsible for many inventions, including the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He conducted scientific experiments, proving in one of his most famous ones that lightning and electricity were the same. As a politically active citizen, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and lobbied for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. He also served as ambassador to France. He died in April of 1790 at the age of 84.

Chapter outline

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Life of Benjamin Franklin
The Road to Success
APolitical Life
The History of the Autobiography
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Franklin's First Outline for the Autobiography
Related Documents
Plan of Conduct, 1726
Poor Richard Improved, 1758
Letter to Lord Howe, July 20, 1776
Speech in the Convention at the Conclusion of Its Deliberations, September 17, 1787
An Address to the Public, November 9, 1789
Sidi Mehemet Ibrahim on the Slave Trade, March 23, 1790
A Franklin Chronology (1706-1790)
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