By David Waldstreicher
This spouse offers a accomplished survey of the lifestyles, paintings and legacy of Benjamin Franklin - the oldest, so much exact, and multifaceted of the founders.
- Includes contributions from throughout a variety of educational disciplines
- Combines conventional and state-of-the-art scholarship, from comprehensive and rising specialists within the box
- Pays designated realization to the yank Revolution, the Enlightenment, journalism, colonial American society, and topics of race, category, and gender
- Places Franklin within the context of modern paintings in political thought, American experiences, American literature, fabric tradition experiences, pop culture, and overseas relations
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Or as Lemay has pointed out, Franklin “learned about the printing business, running a newspaper, drumming up interest in the paper, and literary techniques from his older brother,” and “learned the arts of publicity and of controversy from his brother,” and that he “also imbibed his older brother’s radical Whig ideology as well as his resentment of the assumption of superiority by ministers and the civil authorities” (Lemay, 2006a: 142). Working for his brother particularly suited Franklin’s literary ambition, which was further stimulated by a group of friends and visitors to the shop who desired to use James’s newspaper to vent their sentiments.
Born in Boston, John Checkley attended the South Grammar School. He later studied at Oxford and traveled extensively on the Continent. He wrote Choice Dialogues between a Godly Minister & an Honest Countrymen, which censured the Puritan doctrines of election and predestination. In this lively piece he used a country bumpkin persona who possessed considerable mother wit. ” “As Franklin recognized,” Lemay wrote, “Checkley imitated the first issue of the Spectator (which began with a description of the supposed author) but transformed it with an American flavor” (2006a: 96).
Indd 30 5/17/2011 8:00:00 AM T H E P H I L A D E L P H I A Y E A R S , 1723–1757 31 N American Subscription Libraries now so numerous. It is become a great thing itself, and continually increasing” (Franklin, 1964: 130). Evidently, writing this story led Franklin to explore the scope of what the library had meant from a distance of forty years later. “These Libraries have improv’d the general Conversation of the Americans, made the common Tradesmen and Farmers as intelligent as most Gentlemen from other Countries, and perhaps have contributed in some degree to the Stand so generally made throughout the Colonies in Defence of their Privileges,” he wrote in 1771.
A Companion to Benjamin Franklin by David Waldstreicher