9781560256687

Atlantic Cousins: Benjamin Franklin and His Visionary Friends

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  • ISBN13:

    9781560256687

  • ISBN10:

    1560256680

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-04-30
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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"Benjamin Franklin and his fellow thinkers of the Enlightenment are among the most intriguing people in history. In nearly all areas - science, politics, social justice, philosophy, medicine - these men and women revolutionized the world around them. Even by our standards, their ideas seem inspired and inspiring." "Atlantic Cousins illuminates the work of these extraordinary visionaries, whose progressive ideas and ideals still ring true today. The author, a veteran writer of popular histories, uses anecdotes and short histories to engage the reader, and he roots it all in intense scholarship and research worthy of the subject matter."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Prologue Franklin's Atlantic Cousins 1(22)
America
Three Men and the Horrors of Slavery: Whitefield, Benezet, and Sharp
23(32)
Benjamin Rush, Revolution, Religion, and Medicine
55(46)
Paine, Revolutionary Zeal, and Engineering
101(40)
England
Price and Priestley, Religious Dissent and Revolution
141(28)
Price, Priestley, and Scientific Inquiry
169(28)
France
Marat and Mesmer, Charlatans or Misunderstood Scientists?
197(36)
Condorcet, Revolution, and la Republique Francaise
233(36)
Brissot, Revolutionary Politics, and Democracy
269(36)
Learning in the New Era
305(20)
Epilogue A Future of Progress, Liberty, and Justice 325(8)
Short Titles 333(2)
Notes 335(32)
Works Cited 367(20)
Index 387(16)
Acknowledgments 403

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