Franklin: The Autobiography and Other Writings on Politics, Economics, and Virtue

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Cambridge University Press, 21 oct. 2004 - 381 páginas
Benjamin Franklin is one of the best known and most widely admired figures in American history. His wit and charm make him endearing; his practical intelligence and commitment to middle-class virtues like thrift and industry make him admirable. Indeed to many he is 'the first American'. Ironically, this identification of Franklin with American popular culture diminishes the breadth and depth of his contributions to modern political thought. The present volume provides the textual foundation for a fuller understanding of Franklin's thought, and represents a major addition to the Cambridge Texts series. Readers interested in the Autobiography will find a new and complete edition based on the original manuscript. Those interested in the full range of Franklin's political ideas will find a selection of his most important letters, essays and pamphlets. Alan Houston's lucid introduction brings life to these texts and sets them in their proper historical context.
 

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Am I the only one who has a hard time enjoying listening to someone who clearly loves himself so dearly go on and on and on about himself? I mean, he wrote like 46 autobiographies. Sure he may have been a genius, but I'd just as soon other people tell me about it. Leer reseña completa

Índice

Acknowledgements
xi
Chronology
xxxix
B1ographical gutde
xlvii
The Autohiograpby
1
a Plan of Conduct JulyOctoher 17a6l
143
Apology for Printers 10 June 1731l
159
Dialogue Between Two Preshyterians 10 April 1735l
167
The Speech of Miss Polly Baker 15 April 1747
177
Join or Die 9 May 1754l
A-36
aa Poor R1chard Impeoved Father Ahrabams Speech
A-56
a3 To _ 13 Decemher 1757l
A-74
a5 On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor
A-77
a8 The Somersett Case and the Slave Trade a0 June 177al
A-93
An Edict hy the King of Prussia ax Septemher 1773l
307
3a Proposed Articles of Confederation a1 July 1775l
313
The Whistle 10 Novemher 1779l
330

are daily entering for the Defence of this City
193
a Advice to a Young Tradesman Written hy an Old
A-1
To Josiab and Ahiab Franklin 13 April 1738l
A-7
Ohservations concerning the Increase of Mankind Peopling
A-14
RattleSnakes for Felons 9 May 1751l
A-26
To Sarab Franklin Bache a6 January 1784l
336
4a To Benjamin Yaughan a6 July 1784l
349
Queries and Remarks Respecting Alterations in
364
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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.

Alan Houston teaches in the department of political science at the University of California, San Diego.

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