Benjamin and William Franklin: Father and Son, Patriot and Loyalist

Benjamin and William Franklin: Father and Son, Patriot and Loyalist

by Sheila L. Skemp
     
 

Benjamin and William Franklin explores the issues that divided patriots and loyalists at the time of the American Revolution by examining the lives of Benjamin Franklin - the most internationally renowned American revolutionary - and his son William, the last royal governor of New Jersey, who remained loyal to the British crown. An engaging narrative of 150 pages… See more details below

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Benjamin and William Franklin explores the issues that divided patriots and loyalists at the time of the American Revolution by examining the lives of Benjamin Franklin - the most internationally renowned American revolutionary - and his son William, the last royal governor of New Jersey, who remained loyal to the British crown. An engaging narrative of 150 pages looks at the personal background and political experiences of the two Franklins against the backdrop of events in colonial North America leading up to and during the Revolution. A selection of 8 primary documents - including writings by Benjamin and William Franklin - will enrich students' understanding of the events and issues of this period. Benjamin and William Franklin also contains questions to consider when reading the documents, a chronology of the two men's lives, a bibliography, and an index.

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We smirk or tut-tut at such scandals as gay children of our presidents, often unaware that the Founding Fathers had closets of their own. Ben Franklin's son William, remaining loyal to the British crown, was the last royal governor of New Jersey. Skemp delves not so much into the relationship between the two as into their different personal backgrounds and political experiences as an illustration of the variety of opinions and issues that led to the Revolution. She includes eight primary documents, a chronology, and questions for students to ponder. Usable as a week-long assignment in an undergraduate course, and a brief read for armchair historians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312102838
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/15/1994
Series:
The Bedford Series in History and Culture
Pages:
205
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.60(d)

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