The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin with Related Documents

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-04-22
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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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.

Author Biography

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

List of Illustrations

Part 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 Documents

1. Plan of Conduct, 1726

2. "The Speech of Miss Polly Baker," 1747

3. Poor Richard Improved, 1758

4. 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, 1790

9. Auguste de Saint Aubin after a drawing by Charles Cochin, Ben Franklin, 1777 and Benjamin West, Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, 1816

A Franklin Chronology (1706–1790)   
Questions for Consideration   
Selected Bibliography   


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