A Companion to Benjamin Franklin [NOOK Book]

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Benjamin Franklin was the oldest and most distinctive of America’s founding fathers and he represents a political tradition that has been all but forgotten today – one that prizes pragmatism over moralism, religious tolerance over fundamentalist rigidity, and social mobility over privilege.

Written by contributors from across a range of academic disciplines, A Companion to Benjamin Franklin brings together traditional and cutting-edge ...
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A Companion to Benjamin Franklin

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Overview

Benjamin Franklin was the oldest and most distinctive of America’s founding fathers and he represents a political tradition that has been all but forgotten today – one that prizes pragmatism over moralism, religious tolerance over fundamentalist rigidity, and social mobility over privilege.

Written by contributors from across a range of academic disciplines, A Companion to Benjamin Franklin brings together traditional and cutting-edge scholarship to explore the different ideas and approaches to a figure of singular importance in American political, cultural, intellectual, and literary history.

Biographical chapters provide an introduction to the four main phases of Franklin’s life and the ways in which they have been interpreted, while others examine his diverse range of interests and the related concerns of biographers and scholars who have produced important work about the man and his times. The final section places Franklin in the context of recent work that has situated him within political theory and international relations, literary and cultural studies, and popular culture.
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“Readers will also appreciate the text’s comprehensive bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduates, researchers/faculty.” (Choice, 1 April 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444342130
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/13/2011
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History , #54
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.59 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

David Waldstreicher is Professor of History at Temple University. He is the author of numerous publications including Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (2009); Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery and the American Revolution (2004); and In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 (1997).
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Table of Contents

List of Figures x

About the Contributors xi

Introduction 1
David Waldstreicher

Part I Biography 5

1 Franklin’s Boston Years, 1706–1723 7
Nian-Sheng Huang

2 The Philadelphia Years, 1723–1757 25
George W. Boudreau

3 The Making of a Patriot, 1757–1775 46
Sheila L. Skemp

4 Franklin Furioso, 1775–1790 65
Jonathan R. Dull

Part II Franklin and Eighteenth-Century America 81

5 Benjamin Franklin and Colonial Society 83
Konstantin Dierks

6 Benjamin Franklin and Pennsylvania Politics 104
Alan Tully

7 Benjamin Franklin and Religion 129
John Fea

8 Benjamin Franklin and the Coming of the American Revolution 146
Benjamin L. Carp

9 Benjamin Franklin and Native Americans 164
Timothy J. Shannon

10 The Complexion of My Country: Benjamin Franklin and the Problem of Racial Diversity 183
Nicholas Guyatt

11 Benjamin Franklin, Capitalism, and Slavery 211
David Waldstreicher

12 Benjamin Franklin and Women 237
Susan E. Klepp

Part III Franklin the Writer and Thinker 253

13 “The Manners and Situation of a Rising People”: Reading Franklin’s Autobiography 255
Ormond Seavey

14 Poor Richard’s Almanac 275
William Pencak

15 Benjamin Franklin and Journalism 290
David Paul Nord

16 Benjamin Franklin, the Science of Flow, and the Legacy of the Enlightenment 308
Laura Rigal

17 Benjamin Franklin, Associations, and Civil Society 335
Albrecht Koschnik

18 Empire and Nation 359
Eliga H. Gould

19 Franklin’s Pictorial Representations of British America 373
Lester C. Olson

Part IV Franklin and the Categories of Inquiry 391

20 American Literature and American Studies 393
Edward Cahill

21 Benjamin Franklin’s Material Cultures 412
Megan E. Walsh

22 Benjamin Franklin and Political Theory 430
Jerry Weinberger

23 Benjamin Franklin and International Relations 463
Leonard J. Sadosky

24 Benjamin Franklin in Memory and Popular Culture 479
Andrew M. Schocket

Bibliography 499

Index 536

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