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The third edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, with Related Documents continues to encourage students to think about the work's lasting impact on American society and culture. Louis P. Masur’s introduction is designed to make Franklin accessible and inviting to students. An expanded Related Documents section provides a sample of Franklin’s voluminous writings. Two new documents reveal Franklin at his curious, inventive best, offering readers a glimpse of Franklin outside of the Autobiography. A new visual source pairing invites students to interpret Franklin’s changing image over time, through the works of two different artists. A chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliographic essay, and an index enrich students’ understanding of Franklin, eighteenth-century America, and the rags-to-riches ideal that has played, and continues to play, such a significant role in American history.
Louis P. Masur is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in American Institutions and Values at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He is the author of many books including 1831: Year of Eclipse; Autumn Glory: Baseball's First World Series; The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph that Shocked America; and Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision. His most recent book, The Civil War: A Concise History, will be published in 2012.
Table of Contents
Foreword Preface List of IllustrationsPart One INTRODUCTION: The Life of Benjamin Franklin The Road to Success A Political Life The History of the Autobiography Part Two The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Franklin’s First Outline for the Autobiography Part Three Related Documents1. Plan of Conduct, 17262. "The Speech of Miss Polly Baker," 17473. Poor Richard Improved, 17584. Letter to Oliver Neave, Before 1769 5. Letter to Lord Howe, July 20, 1776 6. 6. Speech in the Convention at the Conclusion of Its Deliberations, September 17, 1787 7. An Address to the Public, November 9, 1789 8. Sidi Mehemet Ibrahim on the Slave Trade, March 23, 17909. Auguste de Saint Aubin after a drawing by Charles Cochin, Ben Franklin, 1777 and Benjamin West, Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, 1816 Appendixes A Franklin Chronology (1706–1790) Questions for Consideration Selected Bibliography Index