Runaway America / Edition 1

Runaway America / Edition 1

by David Waldstreicher
     
 

Scientist, abolitionist, revolutionary: that is the Benjamin Franklin we know and celebrate. To this description, the talented young historian David Waldstreicher shows we must add runaway, slave master, and empire builder. But Runaway America does much more than revise our image of a beloved founding father. Finding slavery at the center of Franklin's

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Scientist, abolitionist, revolutionary: that is the Benjamin Franklin we know and celebrate. To this description, the talented young historian David Waldstreicher shows we must add runaway, slave master, and empire builder. But Runaway America does much more than revise our image of a beloved founding father. Finding slavery at the center of Franklin's life, Waldstreicher proves it was likewise central to the Revolution, America's founding, and the very notion of freedom we associate with both.

Franklin was the sole Founding Father who was once owned by someone else and was among the few to derive his fortune from slavery. As an indentured servant, Franklin fled his master before his term was complete; as a struggling printer, he built a financial empire selling newspapers that not only advertised the goods of a slave economy (not to mention slaves) but also ran the notices that led to the recapture of runaway servants. Perhaps Waldstreicher's greatest achievement is in showing that this was not an ironic outcome but a calculated one. America's freedom, no less than Franklin's, demanded that others forgo liberty.

Through the life of Franklin, Runaway America provides an original explanation to the paradox of American slavery and freedom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809083152
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/10/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Preface : inheritances, or slavery and the founders
Pt. 1Origins : slavery, religion, and family
1Runaways and self-made men3
2Fathers, brothers, and masters27
3Friends, saviors, and slaves55
Pt. 2Enterprises : slavery, capitalism, and empire
4People and capital87
5Children and colonies115
6Printers, agents, and blackened men145
Pt. 3Politics : slavery, identity, and revolution
7America the enslaved175
8America the free210
9The long arm of Benjamin Franklin225
Epilogue : debts, or the claims of venture Smith241

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